Football: Southampton's Lee returns to FC Tokyo

Japan international striker Tadanari Lee will come back to FC Tokyo on loan after missing playing time with English side Southampton this season, J-League club officials said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old forward, who struck home the winner in the 1-0 victory over Australia in the final for a record fourth Asian Cup in January 2011, had been sidelined by Southampton this season due to injuries.

Lee has played in seven games and scored one goal for Southampton in the 2011-2012 season.

"I decided to move to FC Tokyo for half a year from Southampton. I thought about many things and I made the decision. I will do my very best for FC Tokyo and try to improve myself and the team," said Lee in a statement.

Lee, a fourth-generation ethnic Korean, moved up from FC Tokyo's under-18 team to the top side in 2004 before gaining Japanese nationality in February 2007.

He has scored 42 goals in 147 games in the J-League first division, three goals in six games in the AFC Champions League, and one goal in seven games in the Emperor's Cup.