Badminton star Momota diagnosed with fracture

Japanese badminton star and Olympic medal hopeful Kento Momota has had an operation after being diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture in the right eye.

Momota was given the all clear in a health checkup after being involved in a car accident in Malaysia last month. But he complained of problems during practice, including double vision.

Momota's club, NTT East, says he went into surgery on Saturday, and it will require three months to heal.

Momota had hoped to make a comeback at the All England Open Badminton Championships in March. He now plans to concentrate on treatment for the time being.

His comeback is likely to be significantly delayed with the Tokyo Olympics less than six months away.