‘Lee Kang-in’s D-Day of Destiny’ Hwang Seon-hong’s decision to join today (14th), will he gain wings by winning AG like ‘SON-KIM’?

Will ‘Golden Boy’ Lee Kang-in (22), who plays for Paris Saint-Germain (SPG) in France, join the men’s soccer team for the Hangzhou Asian Games? That will be decided today (14th).

The Asian Games men’s soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will be convened at the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC) on the 14th. It is reported that on this day, Coach Hwang will personally announce whether Lee Kang-in will join the Asian Games team. Director Hwang previously announced that the final decision on whether Lee Kang-in will join will be made on the 13th.

Lee Kang-in suffered a left quadriceps (thigh) injury last August and left his team. At the time, the PSG club stated, “Lee Kang-in must focus on recovery until the end of his A match.” It was true that there were concerns about the timing of his return because he suffered a thigh injury, which can be said to be a sensitive issue for a soccer player. If the injury continues for a long time, it may become difficult for him to participate in the Asian Games.
◆ ‘Injury’ Lee Kang-in normal → green light to join Hangzhou AG national teamHowever, Lee Kang-in recently shook off his injury and returned to training with his team. Paris Saint-Germain released a video of Lee Kang-in participating in training through the club’s SNS (social network service) on the 12th. Lee Kang-in was captured warming up using a cycle machine and a band at the Paris Saint-Germain club’s indoor training facility. Lee Kang-in, who later came to the outdoor training ground, showed his normal physical condition by exchanging passes with his teammates. Along with his individual skills, there seemed to be no problem in running etc. He also shot accurately at the goal in the mini game.

On the same day, French media outlet Sport also reported, “This is good news for Lee Kang-in. If the injury does not recur, Lee Kang-in is scheduled to return to Ligue 1 after the international break.” It is interpreted that the reason Lee Kang-in was able to return to normal was his strong will. Lee Kang-in was previously shown participating in rehabilitation training 4 days after the injury was announced. At that time, Lee Kang-in devoted himself to training, using the equipment with the club’s trainer with a serious expression. He then expressed his strong will to return to his fans. On the 3rd, Lee Kang-in left a message hinting at his return to normal by writing “Soon” on his SNS.

In fact, this is not the first time Lee Kang-in has been injured. This is his second injury since moving to PSG. Last July, he suffered a muscle strain injury in the first pre-season game against Le Havre (France), and ended up being substituted out at the end of the first half to end the game. Afterwards, Lee Kang-in did not play a single game during the Japan tour and focused solely on recovery. Following the Japan tour, in the Korean tour, he played for about 20 minutes against Jeonbuk Hyundai, but was not in perfect condition.

Fortunately, Lee Kang-in started as a striker in the opening game of the French Ligue 1 for two consecutive games and worked well with his teammates. In particular, in the league opening match against Lorient held on the 13th of last month, he performed well, touching the ball 84 times and recording a pass success rate of 88% and a long pass success rate of 60%. Although he did not record any attack points at the time, he attempted three shots and shook the opposing defense. After this game, Sofa Score, a soccer statistics media, gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 7.3. In addition, Lee Kang-in was selected as ‘The Player’ by the League 1 Secretariat, which is an MVP award given to the player who performed the best.

However, due to an injury, Lee Kang-in was unable to participate in the two-game international match (Wales-Saudi Arabia) this September. At the same time, he was also unable to join the U-22 national soccer team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong. While Lee Kang-in was unable to join Hwang Seon-hong, the U-22 national team ranked first in the group with 2 wins and undefeated (6 points) in the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC)토토사이트 U-23 Asian Cup Group B preliminaries. Successfully advanced to the cup finals. On the other hand, Myanmar, in the same group as Korea, recorded 1 draw and 1 loss (1 point) along with Kyrgyzstan, failing to advance to the Asian Cup finals. However, it was true that there were many question marks about the performance.
◆ Expectations for Hwang Seon-Hong-ho to become even stronger when Lee Kang-in joins ↑ “There is no problem in being selected.”Previously, Korea got off to a shaky start, losing 0-2 in the match against Qatar. However, fortunately, the result of the match against Qatar, the host country of the Asian Cup finals, was not reflected in the rankings, allowing Korea to take a breather. They then won 1-0 in the second game against Kyrgyzstan and 3-0 in the third game against Myanmar, ultimately taking first place. However, there were many comments that it was disappointing that they won by 1 goal in the game against Kyrgyzstan, which is considered weaker than Korea. Of course, it is difficult to make an exact comparison because it is an adult national team, but Kyrgyzstan is a team ranked 97th in the FIFA rankings, which is significantly different from Korea (28th). In addition, Myanmar is also a team with lower skill than Korea, but Korea only had a one-goal lead until the 80th minute of the second half after scoring early. Moreover, Qatar defeated Myanmar 6-0, leading to simple comparisons with Korea.

In this situation, if Lee Kang-in joins, the national team is expected to gain great strength. Korea boasted an active flank attack in two consecutive games against Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. If Lee Kang-in joins and releases the game in midfield, Korea’s performance is expected to become even stronger.

The Asian Games soccer team will be convened at Paju NFC on the 14th and then leave for Hangzhou, the site of the final match, on the 16th. When Lee Kang-in left Real Mallorca (Spain) and transferred to PSG in the transfer market last summer, he included a call-up to the Asian Games as part of his contract conditions. Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the Korean national soccer team, said, “When Lee Kang-in signed with PSG, they cleverly inserted a clause regarding selection for the Asian Games.” Accordingly, there is no problem at all with participation in the Asian Games. However, coordination with PSG club was necessary regarding the timing of joining the national team. As of now, realistically, it seems likely that they will join with the first match of the Asian Games finals just around the corner. Since the Asian Games are not a competition organized by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), mandatory selection of teams is not applicable. Accordingly, even if PSG sends Lee Kang-in at that point, there will be no problem from the club’s perspective.

◆ If you join the ‘Group of Death’ after completing the Champions League schedule, you can play from the 3rd round of the group stage against Bahrain.With the A-match break over, Lee Kang-in is likely to play in the 5th round match against OGC Nice in the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 on the 16th. PSG is in second place in the league this season with 2 wins, 2 draws (8 points). It looks like Lee Kang-in’s strength is needed to make a splash from the beginning of the season. And if Lee Kang-in hops on a plane to Hangzhou after this game, he will be able to participate in the first game after joining the Asian Games national team. Sun-Hong Hwang will play against Kuwait on the 19th in the first Asian Games group stage match, then against Thailand on the 21st and Bahrain on the 24th. All three games will be held at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China.

But there are other scenarios as well. PSG will play the first leg of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League group stage against Borussia Dortmund (Germany) on the 20th. PSG is in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ along with AC Milan (Italy) and Newcastle United (England) and is in a position where they must fight with all their might. If Lee Kang-in plays until this game, it will be impossible for him to participate in the game against Kuwait. Also, it cannot be said that participation in the match against Thailand is also uncertain. If so, it appears that Lee Kang-in will be able to play from the third game against Bahrain. It is no exaggeration to say that Lee Kang-in is currently the core of the Asian Games soccer team. However, it is true that there is a relative lack of time working with leading players. The Asian Games can be said to be an important competition where not only medals but also a player’s career depend. If you win a gold medal at the Asian Games, you can receive military service benefits. Korea will attempt to win three consecutive competitions following the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. In the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang tournament, national team captains Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) received military service benefits, and are currently showing off their power on the European stage. Will Lee Kang-in be able to further boost his career with the AG gold medal?

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