K-League managers have a problem. 카지노사이트Many of the players who were called up to the national teams during the A-Match have returned to the field with injuries. This is the time of year when the race to the top of the standings begins, and injuries could be a major factor.
Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who was called up by Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann, suffered an orbital fracture. He broke his cheekbone and jawbone when he collided with Lee Jae-sung while defending a corner kick in an exhibition match against El Salvador at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium on March 20.
Kim Jin-soo said, “I thought I couldn’t get hurt any worse, but I can’t believe I hurt my face. I’m most sorry for my family,” he said, wiping away tears. He will have to spend at least a month or two recovering from the surgery. After suffering a back injury during the A-Match in March that kept him out of the lineup for a while, Kim suffered another injury during the A-Match. New coach Dan Petrescu (Romania) will have his work cut out for him.
Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeju United), a first-time call-up to the A squad, had the misfortune of being injured on his debut. He made his A-match debut on June 16 against Peru, starting at right back, when he fell and was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder joint. Ahn was also diagnosed as needing three to four weeks of rest. Jeju head coach Nam Ki-il has been worried about his players, as they have been performing well this season to earn their first call-up to the A team.
The Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) squad, which was called up during the same period to face China in an exhibition match, also suffered a number of serious injuries. The Chinese play a very rough style of soccer across all age groups, so there was a lot of concern from the time the trial was organized, and that concern eventually became a reality. In particular, injuries to key players are bound to increase the worries of team managers.
Pohang Steelers ace Ko Young-jun is a case in point. During an exhibition game against China on Nov. 19, he was knocked down by a hard foul and then had his right knee crushed by another Chinese player. He was diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee as the Chinese player put all of his weight on the knee. He will be out for about a month and will need to focus solely on recovery. Ko has already set a career-high with six goals (one assist) this season, making him a key resource for the team. Coach Kim Ki-dong’s worries are bound to deepen.
Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai) was the only other player to return home early after suffering an ankle injury in the first game of the exhibition against China. He had recently shaken off a sluggish start to the season with a goal against Jeju, and his momentum was interrupted by a multi-goal performance against China. Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon) was also substituted after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in China. AG head coach Hwang Sun-hong said, “We didn’t know China would be tough. I apologize to the club officials and coaches. I wish the players a quick recovery,” he said.
With this weekend’s rounds, the K League will round out the season’s return points (including the final round), and the race for the top spot will begin in earnest. The FA Cup quarterfinals are also scheduled for next week. A spate of injuries to players on the way to the national team could prove to be an unwelcome factor.