Japan goalkeeper Gonda to miss East Asian Cup

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backup goalkeeper will miss the East Asian Cup due to poor physical condition, his club announced on Thursday afternoon.

The Football Association are yet to announce a replacement for the 26-year-old, who played a key role in ’s 2013 East Asian Cup title when he started in ’s 3-2 win over Australia.

With presumptive starter Eiji Kawashima still looking for a club and backup Shusaku Nishikawa suffering from a recent drop in form, the week-long tournament represented a chance for Gonda to impress coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Gonda’s most recent international appearance came in March when he was named the surprise starter in coach Halilhodzic’s Japan debut, a 2-0 win over Tunisia.

Nishikawa and Gamba Osaka goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi have also been summoned for the the subregional competition, which will take place between August 2 and 9 in Wuhan, China.