Japan center-back Naomichi Ueda has joined Nimes on loan from Cercle Brugge for the rest of the season, the French top-tier side said Monday.

New Nimes defender Naomichi Ueda. (Getty/Kyodo)

The 26-year-old Kumamoto native was part of the 2018 World Cup squad for Japan while playing for Kashima Antlers and joined Cercle Brugge in the Belgian top-flight the same summer.

The 1.86-meter defender did not take to the pitch during the World Cup but has so far made 13 appearances for the national team, opening his goal account during Japan's 1-0 friendly win over the Ivory Coast in October.

Nimes are currently 18th in the 20-team Ligue 1.

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