Japan take on Croatia aiming to keep their FIFA World Cup aspirations alive. Check out here why Takefusa Kubo is not playing in this Qatar 2022 Round of 16 game.
Defying the odds, Japan got out of the group stage in fine fashion to finish as leaders of Group E. The Asian team caused upsets against Spain (2nd) and Germany, who missed out on a ticket to the Round of 16 in Qatar 2022.
The Japanese national team set up a meeting with Croatia to advance to the quarter-finals, a stage they have not yet reached at the World Cup. Therefore, it could be a historic game for Japanese football.
Coach Hajime Moriyasu made three changes to the lineup, Takefusa Kubo dropped from the squad on the day of the match. See why the winger is missing out on this crucial match.
Why is Takefusa Kubo not playing for Japan against Croatia
Takefusa Kubo has been ruled out for Japan’s game against Croatia due to injury. The Real Sociedad star had to be subbed off at halftime vs. Spain, and he missed training in the weekend.