2015 World Champion Ryunosuke Haga dislocated his shoulder at the Grand Slam in Dusseldorf and will not be able to compete at the national championships in April this year. This important event is the qualification for the World Championships in Baku in September.
It’s not clear of Olympic bronze medallist Haga will get the same protection as Aaron Wolf who also cannot compete in April but his place is kind of protected, depending on the results of his rivals in his category. However both are fighting U100kg. Wolf is now ranked 12th and Haga 29th. The next in the World Ranking list are Kentaro Iida (34) and Takaya Yamaguchi (76). The threat for qualification will come from other categories with two strong rivals.
Mashu Baker who had a shoulder injury recently made his comeback but it cost him almost a year to get the shoulder to 80-90% he said. It's not the first time that Haga suffers a shoulder injury. WHen he was young he had a shoulder injury and in 2012 Haga was operated and got back slowly thanks to the trust of coach Kosei Inoue. Inoue realises what a shoulder injury takes to get back and will not push Haga into a forced situation. Very likely Haga it out for the World Championships with such injury.
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