After being sidelined by injury, Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) Lee Kang-in is quickly getting back into shape ahead of the Hangzhou Asian Games. This is good news for Hwang, who is still awaiting a final decision from PSG on whether he will compete at the Asian Games. But there’s still a big hurdle to clear.
On July 7, PSG posted a photo of Lee on the club’s official social media account, showing him training for recovery. Arnaut Tenas, Presnel Kimpembe, and other players who were not selected during the September A-match were training alongside Lee, and he was sweating profusely on the bike. However, unlike his teammates who practiced shooting drills in the outdoor training session afterward, Lee was left out.
Lee suffered a left quadriceps injury in the second round of the 2023-2024 French Ligue 1 last month against Toulouse, which sidelined him for the rest of the season and left him out of the Korean men’s national team’s September A match roster.
Lee Kang-in is an integral part of not only the A team, but also Hwang Sun-hong’s Asian Games squad. His individual abilities are self-explanatory, and his “strong heart” is a big plus, especially on the big stage, where he was runner-up at the 2019 U-20 World Cup, won the Golden Ball, and reached the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The problem is that Lee Kang-in’s departure has yet to be decided. “In the official letter we exchanged (with PSG), they said they would give a decision on the 13th,” Hwang told reporters at the Changwon Sports Complex on May 5, adding, “(Lee) will start training with the ball this week and focus on the weekend game (against Nice on the 17th) in two weeks. I want him to join the team sooner.” 카지노
The reason Hwang wants Lee to join the team sooner rather than later is because of the Asian Games schedule. South Korea will play their first group game against Kuwait on the 19th. If Lee plays against Nice, it will be difficult for him to play against Kuwait. Add to that a decline in fitness due to traveling long distances, jet lag, and breathing problems with his teammates, and it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to play even the second or third game.
While the fact that Hwang is improving quickly is certainly positive news for the South Korean, it’s also true that Lee Kang-in has a tough schedule ahead of him. The Asian Games soccer team will be keeping a close eye on Lee Kang-in.