Jurina Matsui will not participate in AKB48’s 53rd single “Sentimental Train”

There’s some more unfortunate news regarding AKB48/SKE48 member Jurina Matsui.

Back in July all of her activities were halted due to very poor physical health. As a result she had to drop out of the popular South Korean variety show “Produce48”. Recently at a concert, her fellow AKB48 members left Jurina’s center spot empty while performing their upcoming single “Sentimental Train“.

It seems Matsui’s health is in worse condition than anticipated, today on AKB48’s official website a message was posted confirming that Matsui will completely not participate in the single release.

Management halted the production of the MV in hopes that they would be able to film Matsui’s parts later, and then add her in.¬†Unfortunately there’s a very strict deadline for the physical production of the CDs so they can be ready for the release date, and her health still hasn’t improved enough.

This single is a result of the famed Senbatsu Election, which Matsui won. This will be the very first time that a winner of the Senbatsu Election will not appear in the follow-up single.

Not all hope is lost though, there are plans to re-shoot the MV once Matsui fully recovers. There’s also talks of re-recording the audio too.

“Sentimental Train” will be released on September 19th, 2018.

(via akb.kingrecords and @jurinagoya on twitter)