Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi has told the German media he’s hoping to return to training in the new year after picking up a serious knee injury whilst on loan with Greuther Fürth.

The Japanese international joined the Bundesliga 2 side on loan during the last transfer window, but he’s been out of action for the past two and a half months.

Speaking to Nordbayern, Ideguhi was asked when he expects to be back: “If the team flies to a training camp in January, I want to be there and participate fully in training.”

Ideguchi only signed for Leeds United in the last winter transfer window but has yet to make an appearance for the Championship side. A loan to Cultural Leonesa didn’t go to plan earlier this year, and better things were expected in Germany.

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Greuther Fürth have the option to make his move form Leeds United permanent next summer and subsequently he will have just a few months to prove himself to the German club.

Leeds United will hope he can do so, rather than be sent back to Elland Road, so training in January is something of a boost.

Following his injury, the club’s manager Damir Buric spoke about the player’s attitude and that he would be missed. Ideguchi underwent surgery and rehabilitation in his home country.