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Hanyu withdraws from NHK following practice injury

Reigning world champion hurt right leg after landing awkwardly on jump
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As a result of his withdrawing from the NHK Trophy, Yuzuru Hanyu will miss the Grand Prix Final for the first time since 2010. -Getty Images

Yuzuru Hanyu, the biggest draw in skating today, withdrew from the NHK Trophy on Friday after injuring his right leg on a fall in practice the day before.

While attempting a quad lutz during practice Thursday, Hanyu fell awkwardly and momentarily did a split on the ice. He immediately left the ice and could be seen walking with a limp. He returned to practice a few minutes later but did not attempt any jumps for the rest of the session.

According to the Japanese Skating Federation (JSF), Hanyu received treatment on the injured leg throughout the day and on Friday as well, with the hopes of competing this week. He did not attend practice Friday morning.

Ghislain Briand, one of Hanyu's coaches, announced shortly before the event started Friday that Hanyu had officially withdrawn from the competition because of injuries to his knee and ankle. Hanyu's primary coach, Brian Orser, is not in Osaka, as he is still recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery he underwent a couple of weeks ago.

Having competed in only one Grand Prix event this fall, Hanyu will miss the Grand Prix Final -- an event he's won four times in a row -- for the first time since 2010, his first season competing in the series.

UPDATE (12:35 a.m. ET): The JSF announced that Hanyu injured the lateral ligaments of his right ankle joint.