By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Hiroki Ito ruled out for the rest of 2023

Hiroki Ito has been ruled out for the rest of the year due to a muscle injury.
VfB Stuttgart have announced that Hiroki Ito is facing a spell on the sidelines.

The Japan international will not be able to play for the Bundesliga club again until 2024 due to a muscle injury.

Ito picked up the injury in the closing stages of Saturday's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

"Hiroki's absence has dampened the joy of our victory in Frankfurt, because Hiroki is a very important player for us with his footballing qualities and his mentality," said Stuttgart sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth.

"Unfortunately, the injury means that we will be without him for a long time. We wish Hiroki a speedy recovery."

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