Mainz - There was some worrying news for 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday after picked up a thigh strain on AFC Asian Cup duty with Japan.

The 28-year-old striker, who had to be replaced in the 68th minute of the Samurai Blues' eventual to the United Arab Emirates, will undergo an MRI scan on Saturday before returning to Germany at the start of next week.

Asian Cup casualties


It comes at a bad time for Mainz head coach Kasper Hjulmand, just five days after he lost to an during the group stages of the same tournament that is likely to keep the South Korean midfielder out of action for the next week at least.

The 12th-placed 05ers get their season back underway at home to SC Paderborn 07 on 31 January.