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Gaku Shibasaki set for Getafe return

Getafe’s Gaku Shibasaki is edging closer to his return, following a metatarsal fracture, confirms club president Angel Torres.

The Japanese international arrived at the Madrid based club this summer after spending time with Kashima Antlers and enjoying a six month loan spell with Tenerife.

The 25-year-old became the first player from Japan to score against both Barca and Real Madrid but injury forced him off against the former last month.

Shibasaki had successful surgery to fix the hairline fracture last month but scans revealed a metatarsal fracture and he was expected to be ruled out until December, however, a speedy recovery has now seen him return to training.

Torres, who is a big admirer of the player told Marca: “He’s been working four hours a day, we gave him fifteen days but they were going to give him a last acknowledgement and instead of Wednesday, he’s already running and he just needs to take the form and when the coach considers him he will play . He will come in handy , it’s a totally different player. ”

The midfielder, who has 14 caps for Japan, signed a four-year contract with newly promoted Getafe in July and was in impressive form before his injury.

Getafe, who struggled in the opening games of the season have now improved and almost beat Real Betis at the weekend, leading 2-0 before goals from Antonio Sanabria and Ryad Boudebouz saw the Andalusian side snatch a point.

Following the international break, which could be Shibasaki’s first game back – Getafe host Alaves at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, before meeting Espanyol away from home.

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