Real Sociedad officially announced on the 4th (Korea Standard Time) that “Gubo has injured his left femoral quadriceps.”
Real Sociedad, led by head coach Imanol Al-Fuil, had a 1-1 draw with Alaves at home in Spain’s Primera Liga in the 2023-2024 season at Lealle Arena in San Sebastian, Spain on Sunday. Gubo was substituted for Arsen Zaharyan at the end of the second half and was pulled out to the bench. After the match, Al-Fuil explained, “I am feeling pain and swelling.”
Japanese media Nikkan Sports said, “Gubo is scheduled to join the Japanese national soccer team with an injured left quadriceps muscle. He was diagnosed with an injured left quadriceps through a test and started physical therapy. According to the team, Gubo will continue to join the Japanese national team for treatment.” The media quoted the Spanish media As as saying, “Gubo’s condition is not serious. He is likely to recover in the first Group D match of the Qatar Asian Cup against Vietnam.”
Kubo, born in 2001, is a core part of Japan’s central district. He played in 18 games and played 1,417 minutes in the Spanish league this season. He made 23 shots and scored six goals and three assists. In September last year, he also received the Primera Liga Player of the Month award. According to recent reports by Transfer Market, which specializes in European statistics, Kubo’s market value amounts to 60 million euros. It ranks first in Asian soccer players’ ransom estimate.
Kubo will play in the Qatar Asian Cup wearing a Japanese uniform. However, he recently said, “It is regrettable that the Asian Cup is held during the season. Real Socieda pays me my salary. However, there is a mandatory participation regulation for the national team, so I am forced to participate in the match.”
Meanwhile, Japan, led by Coach Moriyasu Hajime, will face off against Vietnam (14th), Iraq (19th) and Indonesia (24th) at the upcoming championship. Japan previously grabbed the top spots in Asia in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. It is the largest number of winners at the championship. It aims at its fifth overall championship in 13 years. Japan is considered the strongest candidate along with the Republic of Korea at the championship.