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Tetsuya Naito injured, off February 22 NJPW Road to Castle Attack


NJPW announced this evening that Tetsuya Naito will miss the Monday, February 22 Road to Castle Attack event at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. 

Naito suffered a knee injury in a tag match on the February 16 Road to Castle Attack event at Korakuen and has not wrestled since. 

Naito had been scheduled to team with SANADA against Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki Honma in the semi-main event of Monday's show. Instead, SANADA will now face Honma in a singles bout. 

Naito is currently scheduled to face Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on the Castle Attack event at Osaka-Jo Hall on Sunday, February 28. On the February 17 Road to Castle Attack show at Korakuen, Naito addressed the crowd prior to the first match and apologized for not being able to participate in his scheduled tag bout that night. He addressed Ibushi directly in that promo and NJPW's Chris Charlton speculated that Naito seemed committed to making the event in Osaka. 

NJPW has held 24 events in the first 51 days of 2021. They have 40 more events scheduled over the next 73 days.