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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Morimoto cleared to play in Copa


Brescia, Italy — Catania will release Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto for the Copa America in July, general manager Pietro Lo Monaco said Sunday.

"Morimoto needs to get games," Lo Monaco said at Brescia, where Catania won 2-1 to keep its place in Serie A for next season.

Lo Monaco also said Catania has received an official letter from the Japan Football Association seeking Morimoto's release for the July 1-24 South American continental championship in Argentina.

The JFA has said it needs at least 15 players based overseas to send a team to the Copa America, which Alberto Zaccheroni's side will take part in as a guest.

The 22-year-old Morimoto, who did not even make the bench on Sunday, reiterated his decision to leave Catania at the end of the season.

"There's no way I'm changing my mind," Morimoto said. "I think there are a lot of possibilities, but the important thing for me is to be playing. I feel like I'm in great condition."

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