Together with his restoration from a hamstring harm nearly grounding to a halt, South Korean winger Hwang Hee-chan won’t be obtainable for workforce’s first Group H match towards Uruguay on Thursday.
The bodily attacker for Wolverhampton Wanderers has been coping with some left hamstring discomfort since earlier than arriving in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. Hwang’s restoration has gone extra slowly than anticipated and head coach Paulo Bento mentioned at his prematch press convention Wednesday that Hwang “won’t be able to play tomorrow.”
South Korean gamers Hwang Hee-chan (L) and Kim Jin-su prepare for the FIFA World Cup at Al Egla Coaching Website in Doha on Nov. 18, 2022. (Yonhap)
The Korea Soccer Affiliation (KFA) has not formally listed Hwang as “injured,” however he missed the workforce coaching session Tuesday, as an alternative using a stationary bicycle and doing particular person exercises indoors. This was 4 days after Hwang had taken half in some strategic drills with the remainder of the workforce. Hwang was additionally held out of the early portion of Wednesday’s session.
Due to his aggressive model and skill to combat by way of defenders, Hwang is a vital a part of the South Korean offense. With Son Heung-min not anticipated to be absolutely recovered from a facial harm in time and Hwang Ui-jo mired in a seasonlong hunch, South Korea will desperately want offense from secondary sources.
If or when Son does take the sphere, he’ll nonetheless draw a number of defenders to himself, even at lower than 100%. Hwang Hee-chan is simply the form of participant in a position to capitalize on the additional area created in consequence.
Since Hwang can’t go, Na Sang-ho, a pacy winger who can cowl numerous floor, ought to be the following man in line. Music Min-kyu, who scored in South Korea’s final tuneup match towards Iceland on Nov. 11, is an alternative choice. He’s a extra bodily participant than Na within the attacking third and isn’t shy about taking photographs from anyplace across the field.
Bento has different lineup choices to make. Son has usually began on the left wing, however Bento usually offers him the liberty to roam all around the entrance line. A compromised model of Son in all probability gained’t be as efficient in that position.
Hwang Ui-jo has not scored this season for his new membership in Greece, Olympiacos FC, after being one of many extra harmful forwards within the high French league for the previous couple of years. He has been Bento’s go-to striker for years, and since Bento has been reluctant to change issues up barring accidents, Hwang ought to get the beginning nod Thursday.
The South Korea-Uruguay match kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday at Schooling Metropolis Stadium in Al Rayyan, simply west of Doha. It will likely be 10 p.m. the identical evening in South Korea.