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Uemura replacing Kanemaru in NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 27

Yoshinobu Kanemaru is out of this year's Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

NJPW announced tonight that Kanemaru will be out of action with a knee injury, and thus will miss the tour. As a result, young lion Yuya Uemura will compete in Kanemaru’s place.

Kanemaru last competed at NJPW Road to Power Struggle on November 3, where he teamed with Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado to defeat BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, and Shingo Takagi. NJPW later announced that he would miss a show held in Kochi on November 5. He did not take part in Power Struggle, which took place on November 7.

The tournament is set to start on Sunday and will run through December 11, when the finals will be held at Budokan Hall.

Here is the updated roster for this year’s tournament based on Kanemaru’s injury:

  • Robbie Eagles
  • SHO
  • Taiji Ishimori
  • Hiromu Takahashi
  • Ryusuke Taguchi
  • BUSHI
  • El Desperado
  • Yuya Uemura
  • DOUKI
  • Master Wato