Hwang Eui-jo ‘Taegeuk-mark’ for the injured… Klinsmann ‘dilemma’ with attacking lineup injuries
No selection, no player, another controversy. The Hwang Eui-Jo (Nottingham Forest) dilemma is one of Jürgen Klinsmann’s biggest concerns as he prepares to name his September squad.
Klinsmann will name his squad for the September A Test matches against Wales (A) and Saudi Arabia (N) on September 28 at 1pm. There will be no press conference, only a press release through the Korea Football Association (KFA).
This is the exact opposite of what happened in June. While there were many changes in the defense, such as the arrival of Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich and Napoli) and the injury to Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai), there will be major changes in the offense. A number of strikers have suffered injuries while playing for their clubs.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain-PSG) has been ruled out. He’s suffered a left quadriceps injury that will keep him out until the end of the A-match period, according to the club’s official statement. Add to that the news that Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) picked up a hamstring injury the day before the roster was announced, and the roster will have to be revised.
The most troubling position is up front. Klinsmann selected Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan) and Oh Hyun-kyu (Celtic) as his top two options for both the March and June A matches. However, Cho and Oh were sidelined by injuries during their respective clubs’ matches.
Oh has yet to play his first game of the new season after suffering a calf injury during preseason. His chances of making the national team are virtually nil. Cho Kyu-sung was also recently substituted in a match for his club with a thigh problem and was given a two-week diagnosis. He could be fit enough to play during the September A-match, but it’s unclear if the club will allow him to play with a key player currently recovering from injury.
In the end, Hwang is the only one of the existing first-choice options who can be reliably called up. The problem is match fitness. Three rounds into the new season of the English Premier League (EPL), Hwang has yet to start a single game. In two games, he was named on the substitutes’ bench, but was not selected by the manager. His place in the lineup was further diminished by the successive goals scored by starting and backup strikers ahead of him. Although he played regularly in the preseason, there is a big difference between that and the official matches.
Although it is inevitable due to the injury of other strikers, it is bound to lead to another controversy if a player who is not playing for his club is selected for the national team. It will be interesting to see what Klinsmann, who said in a video interview with Korean reporters that he is “watching as many players as possible,” decides to do.토토사이트
Unfortunately, once the roster is announced, we won’t know what Klinsmann’s intentions are for the squad. At Klinsmann’s suggestion and the KFA’s decision, the press conference will be skipped and only the roster will be released.