In the run up to Cultural Leonesa’s weekend match against CD Lugo, Cadena Ser pondered whether Yosuke Ideguchi would be involved.

They explained the Leeds United owned player is going through a ‘brief and dark stage’ with the Spanish club, and it was doubtful whether he’d be picked.

Well, he wasn’t.

For the third match in a row, Ideguchi didn’t even make the match-day squad as Cultural got themselves a 1-1 draw.

Over in Japan, the 21 year old has been speaking to TV, covered by Livedoor, and it’s stated he may still have a World Cup chance with Japan manager Akira Nishino paying some sort of attention to the player’s efforts in training.

“I was told to keep doing my best during this time because I do training at 100% without compromise every day,” said the Leeds player.

It’s not the first time Ideguchi’s efforts in training have been heralded in Japan, although the quotes usually come from himself or an agent connected.

The footballer has once again stated that it was playing for Japan against Belgium and Brazil which made him realise he needed to move to Europe immediately, because returning to Japanese football he saw the levels were like comparing adults and children playing.

Should Ideguchi receive a call-up, despite only 107 minutes of action in Spain’s second tier, then it’s a minor miracle. It would certainly be good for Leeds United, especially if he actually gets to play.