He was injured just before September. The injury of Lee Kang-in (22-Paris Saint-Germain) is something to keep an eye on as it has a huge impact on the entire Korean soccer scene.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) announced the news of Lee’s injury on their official website on September 22. According to PSG, Lee has injured his left quadriceps (front thigh muscle) and will be out of action until at least the end of the A-match period.안전놀이터
The September A-match period, as defined by FIFA, starts on the 4th and ends on the 12th. According to PSG, Lee will be out of action for at least three weeks.
French media outlet Le Parisien reported that Lee will need around four weeks to recover from the injury. We’ll have to wait and see how quickly he recovers, but it’s clear that he’ll need three to four weeks of rest.
As a result, Lee will not be able to participate in the national team’s upcoming trip to Europe. The team will face Wales and Saudi Arabia in Cardiff, Wales, and Newcastle, England, respectively, on Sept. 7 and 12.
It’s a setback for national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who has vowed to use Lee in two September A matches. Lee is set for the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. Hwang Sun-hong, head coach of the Asian Games team, wanted to use him early during the A-Match to prepare for the tournament. However, Klinsmann made it clear that “Lee Kang-in is an A-team player” and that he would not be able to join the Asian Games team early. He categorized Lee as an important player.
Despite Klinsmann’s expectations, Lee’s participation in the two A matches in September has been ruled out. Unless there is a major change, Lee’s name will not be on the September A roster announced by the Korea Football Association on Sept. 28. The KFA is also adamant that Lee will not be selected in September.
The key is to qualify for the Asian Games. Lee is eligible for the Paris Olympics next year, but it’s much easier to win an Asian Games gold medal than an Olympic medal. South Korea has won the last two editions of the tournament, and all of its players have received military service. South Korea has only won a medal at the Olympics once before, in London 2012. From Lee’s perspective, it would be better to resolve the military service issue at the Asian Games. That way, he can continue his life in Europe with peace of mind.
Hwang also needs Lee Kang-in, who hasn’t played for the national team in this age group since June last year. Nevertheless, Hwang is putting his trust in him by selecting him. When he joins the team, he will have to play as a key player. The news of Lee’s injury is bound to complicate things for Hwang.
If PSG’s announcement is anything to go by, Lee shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Asian Games. The team will play their first group game against Kuwait on the 19th. On the 21st, they will play Thailand in the second round, followed by Bahrain on the 24th. The round of 16 tournament will be held on Nov. 27-28. South Korea is the favorite to win gold at the Asian Games. They’ll be able to make it through the group stage without Lee Kang-in. Once they make it to the knockout rounds, Lee will have time to recover and improve his form. In the best of all possible worlds, he’ll still be able to play in the Asian Games.
Lee also injured his thigh on July 21. He started the first game of the preseason against Le Havre and played well, before heading to the bench in the last minute of the first half with pain in his right thigh. He then missed all three games of the Japan tour to focus on his recovery.
This is Lee’s second injury in less than a month. For now, the most important thing is to rest and recover. How fast he recovers will determine his soccer career and the fate of Hwang Sun-hong.