As reported by Herouth, Takayasu was injured in some san-ban with Tochinoshin during Jungyo. He wants to continue through the last bit of the tour. I hope the issue does not hamper his ability to compete in May. The longer he gamberizes with the unease in his back the worse the odds of any magic next month with, especially with Hakuho likely back.
Takayasu unexpectedly excused from his bout with Goeido in today's Jungyo event, suffering a lower back injury. The issue started in practice with Tochinoshin in the morning and during dohyo-iri he felt an "electric shock" pain that forced him out.https://t.co/IYZWsbhyKV
— ヘルット (@SumoFollower) April 22, 2018
As some have noted, with the Jun-Yusho there are whispers of a Yokozuna run if he wins the next tournament. Those whispers will likely be shushed now. Ultimately, such a decision would be up to the Yokozuna Deliberation Council but it is certainly premature given his nagging health issues since his ozeki promotion. Yes, he did get a jun-yusho…which he shared with Kaisei, and with Hakuho and Kisenosato watching from their respective couches. And despite the jun-yusho, he was never actually in contention for the yusho as he lost his first two bouts to Endo and Ichinojo, then Day 12 versus Chiyomaru. Kakuryu’s jun-yusho was a 14-1 playoff loss to Hakuho, after beating him once on sen-shuraku to force the playoff.