Blow for Kortrijk as Japanese defender ruled out for crucial run in

Kortrijk’s bid to avoid the drop suffered a double blow at the weekend. While the 3-1 defeat to league leaders Union St Gilloise was by no means a surprise, even if Freyrs Alexandersson’s side have improved recently, the injury to January signing Haruya Fujii could have a bigger impact on the side.

Elian Coussement of Het Nieuwsblad has reported that the defender is set to be out for at least four weeks with a thigh tear. Fujii had been part of a much improved back line for Kortrijk in recent weeks and his presence will certainly be missed with just four more games to go. The side face KV Mechelen, relegation strugglers RWDM and then top six hunting Antwerp and Anderlecht.

Two defeats on the bounce means the side remain rock bottom of the league with just 18 points from 26 games. They remain seven points adrift of safety, a target that has probably gone from them now. However, if they can finish third from bottom or even fourth from bottom after the play offs, they have a chance of survival. Third bottom is only four points away, with RWDM currently occupying that spot.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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