Arsene Wenger has praised Ryo Miyaichi’s determination to get back to full fitness after confiming the Japanese international has undergone successful surgery on his ankle.
The 20-year-old winger has been forced to return to the Emirates prematurely following an injury riddled loan spell at Wigan Athletic which climaxed with ligament damage sustained against Everton in an FA Cup quarter-final clash which marked a comeback after months on the sidelines.
Despite a year of setbacks, Wenger made clear that his young charge still cuts a very diligent character in and around the training ground while hinting he should be fit to play in this summer’s pre-season tour of his homeland.
“He’s back in the last three weeks now for rehab,” Wenger told Japanese media at his pre-Fulham press conference.
“He’s doing extremely well, his surgery went well and he’s working. He’s focused everyday [and in] early. He’s the first in and the last out, like many Japanese players.
“He’s doing extremely well but he still needs some patience. It’s 3-4 weeks before he plays again. He’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Speaking recently about his desire to take part in the July fixtures against Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Reds, the player underlined that despite the pressure to perform it would be a fantastic opportunity.
“I hope I can play in Japan as an Arsenal player,” Ryo told Arsenal.com. “It would be a great moment for me.
“Arsenal have a huge [number of] fans in Japan – like in China and Malaysia as well. It will be a good time for the whole team. I spoke with my family and my friends and they are happy to see Arsenal in Japan. They want to see me on the pitch of course!
“To be honest, there would be pressure and I have to play well and show my quality to the Japanese people. I’m a little bit nervous but I’m looking forward to visiting Japan if I am selected.”
Arseblog News isn’t really sure what Arsene Wenger has planned for Ryo (who has a weirdly deep voice, check it on Arsenal Player) next season given the way this year has panned out. He could still probably do with another decent loan spell but with time at Feyenoord, Bolton and Wigan under his belt he’s in danger of being one of those perma-loaned players that never gets a real chance at the Emirates before being quietly shipped out.
It would be nice to think he isn’t another Junichi Inamoto bought for cynical marketing reasons, however, when you see him wheeled out to chat about the tour of the Far East you can’t help but think that might have had something to do with it.