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‘Injury warning’ issued to the Klinsmann ahead of the opening of the Asian Cup

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Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-seong, and Kim Jin-su are excluded from team training due to minor injuries. Injury management through rotation is important. First match against Bahrain on the 15th

An ‘injury warning‘ was issued ahead of the opening ceremony for Klinsmann, who is attempting to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years.

The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, entered Qatar, the ‘land of decisive battle’, on the 10th and is continuing its final battle.

On the 26th of last month, domestic players and some foreign players gathered in Seoul to prepare mainly for indoor training. The national team departed on the 2nd of this month and played a final evaluation match with Iraq on the 6th in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the field training site, to improve their sense of real-life combat.

The team has been training without any injuries, but after arriving in Qatar, some players left team training, raising concerns.

In the national team training photo released by the Korea Football Association on the 11th, three of the 26 finalists were missing.

Attacker Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), midfielder Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), and defender Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk) did not appear in team training.

Fortunately, it was reported to be a minor injury, but depending on his recovery, his participation in the first match of Group E against Bahrain on the 15th may be uncertain.

In a competition schedule of nearly a month from the group stage to the final, injury management is an important variable in winning.

In the past, the departure of key players during competitions had a significant impact on weakening the national team's strength.

As a close example, in the 2022 Qatar World Cup under former coach Paulo Bento, Son Heung-min suffered an orbital fracture during his team's game ahead of the opening and entered the tournament wearing a face protector.

In addition, Hwang Hee-chan missed the early part of the group stage due to a hamstring (muscle behind the thigh) injury, and defender Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) injured his right calf in the first group stage game against Uruguay and was not in good condition.

Compared to those days, there are not many injuries to the national team, but in a group stage match against a weak team that is objectively inferior in power, injuries can occur at any time if the opponent plays rough soccer.

The importance of rotation also increases.

Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) and Hong Hyun-seok (Gent) are expected to fill the vacancy of Hwang Hee-chan, whose participation in the first match against Bahrain in the group stage is unclear.

Coach Klinsmann sent them as starters in an evaluation match against Iraq on the 6th and checked their performance.

Left side defender Kim Jin-soo's place could be Lee Ki-je (Suwon) or Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), who can play on both the left and right sides.

Meanwhile, the Klinsmann will start against Bahrain on the 15th, then face Jordan on the 20th and Malaysia on the 25th. All three games kick off at 8:30 PM Korean time. 토토사이트



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