The J2 League leaders have a catch up clash against Blaublitz Akita on October 14 – the same day Duke is likely to line up against England for Australia at Wembley Stadium.
And Michida have asked Duke – who has scored eight goals for the side six points clear with six games left – not to join the national team.
However, since Australia’s forthcoming duels against the Three Lions and New Zealand are in official FIFA windows, it’s likely their pleas will fall on deaf ears.
At 32, newly appointed Michida skipper Duke remains Arnold’s mainstay marksman and whilst flattered by being wanted by both parties he will let the due process play out without seeking to inflame a delicate situation.
“There is this catch up game and they’ve chosen the…