South Korea’s Asian Cup hopes have been dealt a major blow…
South Korea’s Asian Cup hopes have been hit with a major blow with Lee Chung-yong sustaining a hairline fracture to his shin, which could sideline the midfielder for the remainder of the tournament.
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Lee was carried off the field during South Korea’s unimpressive 1-0 win over Oman in Canberra on Saturday and he has reportedly been told it could take up to three weeks to heal.
Even if South Korea reach the final on January 31, it is unlikely the Bolton man will take any part.
Lee’s absence is a massive blow to a South Korean side who struggled to break down a resilient Oman outfit.
Jeonbuk Motors player Han Kyo-won looks set to replace Lee in the midfield for South Korea’s clash with Kuwait on Tuesday.
South Korea boss Uli Stieleke is also waiting on the fitness of of defender Kim Chang-soo, who suffered a thigh injury early in the win over Oman.