Ryo Miyaichi has extended his current deal with FC St. Pauli despite suffering another massive injury.
Former Arsenal winger, Miyaichi, has extended his deal with 2. Bundesliga side, FC St. Pauli, despite currently being sidelined with a cruciate knee ligament injury – his second since he signed for them in 2015.
So far, the Japan international has missed 447 days (and counting) since moving to Germany two years ago.
The 24-year-old’s contract was set to run out next year but the club have extended it to 2019.
Miyaichi signed for Arsenal in 2011 and was tipped for great things. He was seriously quick and a typical ‘Wenger’ player. However, lack of physicality, perhaps a lack of preparation for the English game, and injuries meant that the youngster had a difficult time bedding in.
In total Miyaichi made just seven senior appearances for Arsenal and was sent out on loan to four different clubs where he featured just 52 times in total. He scored six goals in that time.
However, FC St. Pauli’s managing director, Andreas Rettig, has chosen to stand by the Japanese speedster and show his faith in him by handing him a new deal.
“Ryo has unbelievable bad luck with his second cross-tie break, which he suffered during his time, and we do not want to leave him alone and show that we are behind him,” Rettig said, reports German outlet, Kicker.
“We hope that this decision will help Ryo to return to his old performance.”
Miyaichi himself was grateful, saying,“It’s great to see such support.
“I am very grateful to the club and will give everything to get back to the grass at the Millerntor as soon as possible.”
When fit, Miyaichi was an exciting player to watch and while he’s only made 24 appearances for his current club’s first team, the directors have obviously seen something in him that they like and want to invest in.
Hopefully, the winger continues to recover from his latest injury and can bounce back stronger than ever.