Real Sociedad said on the 5th (Korean time), “Kubo suffered a left quadriceps injury in the match against Deportivo Alvarez and has begun treatment. Kubo is scheduled to join the Japanese national team and will continue treatment and rehabilitation with the Japanese national team.”
Kubo injured his thigh just before the end of the 19th round (1 to 1) of the Spanish La Liga against Deportivo on the 3rd. It was the last game before joining the Japanese national team for the Asian Cup.
Kubo sparked controversy by revealing his thoughts on being selected for the Asian Cup after the Deportipo match.
Kubo said through local media, “It is unfortunate that the Asian Cup is held during the season. The team that pays me is Real Sociedad. However, I am obliged to participate in the Asian Cup, so I have no choice but to participate,” and “Of course, I am representing my country.” “It’s a great thing to do,” he said.
The Japanese media covered the remark as being considerate of both Real Sociedad and the Japanese national team, but negative public opinion was also formed due to Kubo’s rather strong expression.
Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion) has already suffered an ankle injury. Coach Hajime Moriyasu added Mitoma to the final list, anticipating his participation in the tournament, but Brighton coach Roberto Dezervi predicted, “It will be difficult for him to play.”
However, it was reported that Gubo was not seriously injured. According to Spain’s AS, Kubo is preparing for the first match against Vietnam on the 14th.