Former Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi may rue the day he chose the 'unlucky' number 13 shirt at his new club St Pauli, after sustaining a knee ligament injury that will keep him out of action for the entire season.
Ryo's left knee was injured during a pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano. Having seen some of the still photographs from that game, it appears that Ryo was targeted for some rough-house treatment. In one shot, you can see an opponent stepping on Ryo's foot, putting pressure on the Japan international's right ankle.
While there is a lot of sympathy for Ryo's plight, reading through some of the comments on Japanese websites, it seems some people think Ryo Miyaichi is not a very good player. I can't understand this, as technically he is very strong. His ball control is excellent and he can pass, cross and shoot equally as well. However, I still think he needs to read the game better.
Nevertheless, apart from some persistent injury problems, which I hope Ryo can overcome, there is very little stopping Miyaichi from becoming a top player. He has blistering pace and a great attitude: you can be sure he'll be doing all he can during rehabilitation to make sure he returns to St Pauli's team better and stronger.
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