The Korean national soccer team, which is trying to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, faced a crisis in its fullback position from the beginning. Since side defenders are one of the most important positions in modern soccer, the repeated injuries of side defenders are bound to be a concern for the “Clinsman Lake.”
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, conducted a recovery training session at the Al Eglah Training Center in Doha, Qatar on the 21st (Korea time).
Except for Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabab), who was called off earlier, only 23 out of 25 participated in the training.
“In the match against Jordan on the previous day, Lee Ki-je (Suwon) suffered a right hamstring injury. The severity of his injury has yet to be determined, but he has been excluded from the training as he believes he needs rest and rehabilitation. Kim Tae-hwan (Jeonbuk Hyundai) was excluded from the training to get treatment for his right calf, which he had previously felt uncomfortable with.”
Coincidentally, the two players who were excluded from the training due to injuries on the day are both defenders on the side. On top of that, Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who injured his left calf muscle during training in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, is not in perfect physical condition.
In addition, Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), who played full-time for 90 minutes regardless of left and right sides in the first and second rounds, also has to bear physical burden. Seol played tirelessly in matches between her team, the A national team, and the Asian Games national team last year.
All four full-backs on the final entry are in a worrying situation.
Coach Klinsmann also has a lot of concerns over the continued departure of his defenders from the team. He is also considering changes in formation, including changes of positions of players who sometimes played fullback for his team, including Lee Soon-min (Daejeon) and Hong Hyun-suk (Hent).
“We are discussing many options with the coaching staff. We are seeking changes considering injury as well as accumulation of warnings from players,” Klinsmann said.
“Seol Young-woo also started as a right flanker in two matches, and switched to the left flank in the second half, showing good performance. Also, a three-back can be a (new) option,” the coach said, adding that he is considering solving the problem of flanker. 헤라카지노주소
Meanwhile, South Korea, currently ranked second in the group of one win and one draw (4 points), will play its final group match against Malaysia (2 losses) at Al Zanup Stadium in Al-Wakra at 8:30 p.m. on the 25th.