Momota has surgery, recovery delayed

TOKYO (AFP) – Injured Japanese badminton world number one Kento Momota had surgery on a bone near his eye yesterday – dashing hopes of an early recovery, Japanese media reported.

The 25-year-old Japanese – hurt in a Malaysian car crash earlier this year – was diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture after he said he suffered double vision during practice, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported.

Doctors anticipated the bone would take three months to fully heal, adding he had already been discharged.

Momota had prepared to return to action at the March 11 All England Championships but would miss the competition, NHK said.