As the Jungyo reports I publish here lag a few days behind schedule, the readers may not be aware that Hakuho has been off the Torikumi for the past three days. The reason for this was pains in his right knee, which you can see taped in the photo above.
Although he tried to gambarize, eventually he went to have his knee examined in Tokyo. It turned out that a part of his tibia (tibial tubercle?) has broken off. He published his X-ray in his Twitter account:
uvdug maani iim blchlo hurdan emchluuleed hichene pic.twitter.com/f8ERspljNr
— 白鵬 翔 M.Davaajargal (@HakuhoSho69) October 12, 2018
In the tweet he announces his kyujo, apologizes to the fans awaiting him in the various Jungyo locations, and says he will be undergoing rehabilitation/care.
This puts his participation in Kyushu in jeopardy, as healing from a fracture may take several weeks and he will need time to train back to Yokozuna level of sumo.
We wish the dai-Yokozuna speedy recovery.