Hwang Seon-hong is anxiously waiting for Lee Kang-in (21, Paris Saint-Germain).
소닉카지노The Asian Games soccer team departed for Hangzhou, China, where the tournament was held, via Incheon International Airport on the 16th. Coach Hwang Seon-hong, the coaching staff, and 21 players moved together.
Ace Lee Kang-in was not there. The Korea Football Association announced that Lee Kang-in will move to China to join Hwang Sun-hong after playing the first leg of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League group stage against Borussia Dortmund on the 20th, Korean time. Lee Kang-in is expected to arrive at the national team camp late afternoon on the 21st.
From Director Hwang’s perspective, he cannot help but feel regretful about the timing of his joining. Korea will play the first game of the group stage against Kuwait on the 19th and then play the second game against Thailand on the 21st. Lee Kang-in joins the team after already playing two games. There is absolutely not enough training time, and considering personal conditioning and adaptation to time difference, it is inevitable that they will join a little later than expected.
The first game Lee Kang-in can play in is against Bahrain on the 24th. However, Director Hwang expressed his intention not to use Lee Kang-in excessively or in a hurry. He said, “I think I need to carefully review my condition and other things. He said, “When I join the team after watching him play in the Champions League, I try to calculate when his condition will be at its peak and put him in,” adding, “Rather than using it quickly, I will decide the time to put him in by considering various aspects.”
Lee Kang-in injured his thigh muscle at the end of last month. He hasn’t played in a game for about three weeks, and hasn’t trained properly in less than a week. He still inevitably has problems with his sense of practice and stamina. He also missed the league game against Nice on the 16th, so it appears that he is not yet 100% fit. Coach Hwang believes that the priority is to closely check the status of the player against Dortmund and his condition after joining.
As Coach Hwang said, there is no need to let Lee Kang-in play too early. Anyway, with Korea’s strength, they can pass the Asian Games group stage without Lee Kang-in. In the end, what is important is the matchup after the quarterfinals. It is not too late for Lee Kang-in to use it actively from this point on.
Lee Kang-in is already active as a key member of the A team. He is an indispensable offensive resource for Hwang Seon-hong. Although he has not played for this team for over a year, he is expected to play a big role as his basic skills are outstanding.
Lee Kang-in showed a particularly strong performance in the national tournament. He was the best player at the Under-20 World Cup held in Poland in 2019, leading the team to second place, and he also played a big role in last year’s World Cup in Qatar, helping Korea advance to the round of 16.
Since he is a player with such a large presence, his teammates are also looking forward to Lee Kang-in joining. National team captain Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai) said, “Kang-in is a player in an important position. The players also talked a lot about when he would join. He wanted to get everyone together and prepare, but there are some regrets. “He is in contact with Kang In-i,” he said. “While working out, he felt that the team was becoming one. “Kang-in is missing, but if he joins, he will be able to work well together as a team and win a gold medal,” he said, not hiding his expectations for Lee Kang-in.