Southampton striker Tadanari Lee has joined his former club FC Tokyo on loan until the end of June.
Japanese international ‘Chung’ has found First Team opportunities limited this season and is yet to make a Barclays Premier League appearance, although he has featured amongst the substitutes on occasion.
Lee was unfortunate to be sidelined through injury over pre-season, but made his return to action in the Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage where he scored in a 4-1 win for Saints.
Another knock set him back again, but after regaining fitness through regular appearances in Martin Hunter’s Under-21 team, he came back to play in the FA Cup third round defeat to Chelsea at St Mary’s, where the forward replaced Jason Puncheon for the last 12 minutes of action.
Without a competitive run out since, Lee re-joins FC Tokyo - his first club, subject to international clearance, ahead of their forthcoming JLeague 1 campaign, which begins next month.
Chung is scheduled to return to Southampton ahead of pre-season in the summer.