Former Makuuchi rikishi Ura was spotted practicing today, a week before the start of the Nagoya basho. It is still unknown if he will enter the competition. As fans have noted, he appears to have gained quite a bit of weight since his injury and subsequent surgery. He is currently ranked Sandanme 30 West.
All of his fans (myself included) dearly hope that he does not rush his return, and next mounts the dohyo when his injured knee is sturdy once more, and he is body is ready to compete. If he misses Nagoya, which is quite possible, he will likely be ranked in lower Sandanme for Aki, and there is a small but non-zero chance that we could see Wakaichiro take on Ura in September. Frankly, if that looks possible, my broad Scottish backside is on a plane for Tokyo, no matter what.
— Okapi (@smile_dsk) June 30, 2018