Inter's Yuto Nagatomo decides against shoulder surgery

The Samurai Blue defender will return to Italy soon to begin rehabilitation on his dislocated right shoulder after consulting a specialist in Japan on Wednesday
Japan international Yuto Nagatomo has decided against an operation on his dislocated right shoulder after consulting a specialist in Hiroshima.

The 24-year-old full-back sustained the injury in Saturday's friendly clash between Inter and Celtic in Dublin where he was forced off the pitch early on.

Nagatomo had his arm in a brace when he left Dublin for Italy where he underwent more tests on the shoulder before flying to Japan to see Dr Yu Mochizuki in Hiroshima.

After consulting Mochizuki, the former FC Tokyo defender, who injured the same shoulder in 2009, has opted against an operation and will return to Italy soon to begin his rehabilitation.

A source close to Nagatomo was quoted in Kyodo News as stating the defender "wants to quickly return (to Italy)".

Nagatomo has been ruled out of Japan's August 10 friendly against Korea, although it's unconfirmed how long he'll be on the sidelines.

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