Updated: 01/17/2014 03:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan international Hasebe faces Friday surgery

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will undergo right knee surgery on Friday after the Nuremburg midfielder broke down while playing in a friendly against Romanian side Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday. 

Japan international Hasebe faces Friday surgery

Nuremberg's Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe reacts in Leverkusen on November 30, 2013 - by Patrik Stollarz

The Japan team doctor will perform the operation on a damaged meniscus which Hasebe suffered during his club's winter break in Spain. 

The player, who turns 30 on Saturday, is set to miss between four and six weeks of action with Nuremburg to resume their Bundesliga campaign on January 25 at home to Hoffenheim. 

Hasebe signed with Nuremburg last summer from Wolfsburg and has played in 14 of the club's 17 league matches this season, although the team lie second-from-bottom in the German top flight.

They have yet to win a match this season and are four points from safety with six draws and 11 defeats.  

The defensive midfielder began his career in 2002 with the Urawa Red Diamonds before joining Wolfsburg in 2008. 

He has scored two goals in 70 appearances for Japan and captained the side at the 2010 World Cup where the team reached the last 16 before losing to Paraguay. 

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