The World Number One ranked men’s singles player, Kento Momota of Japan has been confirmed to be sidelined from the sport for a minimum of three months after undergoing facial reconstructive surgery.

According to a statement by Momota’s club NTT East, the 25-year-old was diagnosed with a broken socket on his right eye side after complaining of severe headache and impaired vision in recent days.

The latest health set back comes after the top Japanese athlete was seriously injured in a deadly car accident in Malaysia on January 13 that claimed the life of his driver after the group was returning to the hotel from Malaysia Masters championship.

Although Momota suffered injuries to his face and head in the crash, he was confident of returning to the field at the All England Open starting on March 11 in Birmingham.

The surgery and the three-months bed rest have put Momota’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Jeopardy as there is no set time frame for his return and limited training time till August.

Japan’s badminton head coach Park Joo-bong issued a statement lamenting the latest set back but wished him a speedy recovery and urged him to prioritize his recovery and not to rush into training.

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