Japan hit by Uchida injury blow

As expected, Schalke full-back Atsuto Uchida has been left out of Alberto Zaccheroni's Japan squad after suffering a hamstring injury.

Japan vs Korea Republic: Atsuto Uchida

Schalke officials had earlier this week revealed that Uchida would be out for two to three weeks after suffering an injury to his right hamstring in training before the club's Europa League match against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday, which the Bundesliga outfit won 3-1.

Uchida, who has won 43 caps for Japan, was certain to be named in the squad to play Vietnam in a friendly on October 7, before their next 2014 World Cup qualifer against Tajikistan four days later.

However, should Uchida's injury heal as expected, he is likely to be available for November's return match with Tajikistan, as well as the qualifier against DPR Korea.

Japan are currently top of joint-top of Group C with Uzbekistan, after both teams recorded a win and a draw in their opening two qualifiers.

There were no major surprises in the 23-man squad named by Zaccheroni, and new faces Mike Havenaar, Hiroshi Kiyotake and Genki Haraguchi will once again get a chance to prove their worth.

Japan squad to face Vietnam (October 7) and Tajikistan (October 11)

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Lierse), Shusaku Nishikawa (Sanfreece Hiroshima), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo).

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohoma F. Marinos), Masahiko Inoha (Hajduk Split), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Tomoaki Makino (Cologne), Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo).

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Yuki Abe (Leicester), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Chikashi Masuda (Kashima Antlers), Hajime Hosogai (Augsburg), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Urawa Red Diamonds).

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart), Tadanari Lee (Sanfreece Hiroshima), Mike Havenaar (Ventforet Kofu), Jungo Fujimoto (Nagoya Grampus).



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