Lee Kang-in (23, Paris Saint-Germain) tripped during the training, but it did not lead to an injury. Following Kim Seung-gyu (34, Al-Shabab) ruptured his cruciate ligament, another major negative factor almost hit him.
The Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will play its second Group E match against Jordan at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation Qatar Asian Cup at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Korea time). The match will allow the team to confirm its advance to the round of 16 teams early on.
A day earlier, a sad news came out. Kim Seung-gyu, the main goalkeeper, ended the competition with a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was injured during an in-house game training on Wednesday local time, and an MRI scan determined that he could no longer play. He will return to Korea soon and be put on the operating table.
This is an accident that I never expected. Kim Seung-gyu is a veteran goalkeeper who has played 81 A matches alone. He has been a solid starting member under coach Klinsmann and displayed good performance in the first game against Bahrain on June 15. However, due to unexpected injury, the tournament ended too soon.
Klinsmann also expressed regret. “It’s really, really sad. Kim Seung-gyu is definitely a top-class goalkeeper. He was our No. 1 player and has been very good all year round. It’s very sad for him and for our entire team,” he said with a sigh.
In Korea, the number of injured started even before the tournament started. In the United Arab Emirates, Hwang Hee-chan had problems with his hip muscle and Kim Jin-su with his left calf muscle. Neither of them made the roster in the first match against Bahrain last time.
Both Hwang Hee-chan and Kim Jin-soo recover faster than expected. Hwang Hee-chan appeared at the training site wearing soccer shoes instead of sneakers from the 17th and Kim Jin-soo from the 18th.
“Hwang Hee-chan is training step by step, and Kim Jin-soo is also training more and more,” Klinsmann said. However, as both are still focusing on recovery, it will be difficult for him to play 헤라카지노 in the match against Jordan.
Kim Tae-hwan and Yang Hyun-jun cycled side by side in the training session on Wednesday. Kim Tae-hwan felt fatigue in his calf muscle, and Yang was excluded from the training session after he slightly sprained his neck during a header the previous day. Fortunately, he resumed training with the team from the next day.
On top of that, even Lee Kang-in was seen uncomfortable. He tripped slightly during his own training on the 18th and was slightly shocked by his ankle. Fortunately, it was nothing to worry about. Lee Kang-in erased concerns by training for the team normally.
Some say that players have too many injuries. “Players often come back after being excluded from training. Injuries are something that must be managed throughout a tournament. Some people get small shocks every day, but overall they are okay,” Klinsmann said.
In the end, they are destined to fight injuries, big and small. “All 26 players cannot be healthy. That will not happen. One or two players are bound to get hurt all the time,” Klinsmann said. “We have 25 players after Kim Seung-gyu left, but we will manage and cope with the situation.”