The Kyokai just announced on its official Twitter account that Yoshikaze of Oguruma beya will join Takakeisho on the couch for Nagoya. With a full kyujo from Maegashira 11, this will likely see the veteran demoted to Juryo.
— 日本相撲協会公式 (@sumokyokai) July 5, 2019
We now understand this to have been a more long term issue. He had surgery to deal with a right knee ligament injury. The initial kyujo announcement seemed to leave the door open to eventual participation in this tournament. However, in light of this news it puts participation in September’s tournament in the air. Full kyujo from a second tournament would jeopardize his rank even further. If he does not participate until November, he would come back in makushita.
Turns out that Yoshikaze suffered his injury in June, and had surgery for it. He is currently staying in a hospital in Chiba, doing rehab.
(I was wondering why I didn't see him in Oguruma practice photos and such).https://t.co/hTlxcU8bat
— ヘルット (@SumoFollower) July 5, 2019