Fan favorite Ura, who is recovering from major knee surgery, has been spotted training in a black mawashi. Posted by Inagawa Oyakata on twitter, it is clear that the space-time defying wizard has started the long slow grind to return to the dohyo.
Hopefully he is in no rush to return, as the surgery he underwent following a series of painful injuries in September 2017 are more or less a “one chance” affair. As former Kaiju Terunofuji learned painfully, rushing your return will end your career.
But it’s clear from the photos that some time, possibly by Kyushu, we will see this amazing force of sumo begin his effort to climb the ranks once more. By then he will be well down in the lowest divisions, and will be a most unfortunate draw for some poor new rikishi. Good luck Ura! We can’t wait to see you back!
— 元・普天王 稲川 (@futenou_inagawa) May 8, 2018