‘I want to help’: Japan’s Ryo Miyaichi desperate for return from injury to keep Wigan Athletic afloat

By Colin Henrys

Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi hopes to banish his injury nightmare and help Wigan Athletic stay in the Premier League.

Arsenal loanee Miyaichi has played just six times since arriving at the DW Stadium in the summer and has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury in November.

The 20-year-old midfielder is targeting a return to playing against Reading on February 23 however, and wants to showcase his talents to the Latics’ fans.

“I want to be able to help the team in achieving safety in the Premier League and it will be great to show the supporters what I can do once I am back,” he told the club’s website.

“I’ve been out for a long time so I’ve missed a lot of games so I need to show the fans how I can play and hopefully they will be happy to see me.

“It is important now for us to win as many games as possible because we are desperate to stay in the Premier League.”

Miyaichi burst onto the scene when he was loaned to Feyenoord shortly after signing for Arsenal in 2011.

He earned the man-of-the-match award on his debut and went on to score three goals and set up five in his 12 games in the Netherlands.

His Wigan spell has been hampered by injury however after a groin injury on international duty in October and an ankle injury after his return against Liverpool the following month.

Miyaichi, who has also played on loan at Bolton Wanderers, admitted the injuries have been frustrating but believes he has learned from his time on the treatment table.

“It will be big relief to get back because it has been quite a tough time to be sat on the sidelines,” he said.

“Staying positive hasn’t been a problem for me though because that is just the way I am and it has helped me to recover.

“I’ve learned how to prepare better for games and for training which will help me in the future.

“What’s happened has happened and I’m just really focused on being available for the manager from very soon until the end of the season.”

Picture courtesy of Rob van der Heijden, via Wiki Commons, with thanks.

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