Less than one week out from the first day of action in Osaka, our newest Yokozuna got a bit bloodied by Yoshikaze. The maegashira’s head opened up a decent wound over Kisenosato’s eye, requiring a visit to the hospital for a couple of stitches, according to this article at Yahoo! Japan.
It’s admittedly hyperbole to make a big issue over a wee cut but I’m sure every opponent will be looking for any advantage. For the most part, Kisenosato is shrugging this one off. It’s not a serious injury and there’s no way anything like this would set back his training before his first Yokozuna basho. But in one week’s time, we’ll see if some (not-so) young whipper snappers seeking kinboshi don’t try to reopen that cut. Sokokurai and Takekaze, anyone? It’s not often they get a shot at a scalp.
Needless to say, I’m just anxious to get this party started.