Hwang “PSG does not give a definite answer on when he will join” Lee, there is no obligation to select players
who may not play against Kuwait on the 19th …
Coordination is important
The Hangzhou Asian Games soccer team, aiming for a third consecutive gold medal, began training in earnest after being convened in Changwon on the 4th. The national team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will move to Paju to continue training starting on the 13th, and plan to leave for Hangzhou, the long-awaited battle site, via Incheon Airport on the 16th.
Although the competition is just around the corner, there are still unresolved issues. It is whether or not ‘ace’ Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain, PSG) will join. Lee Kang-in, who injured his left thigh on the 22nd of last month, recently returned to his team’s training through rehabilitation during the September international match, raising fans’ expectations.토토사이트
However, Coach Hwang’s concerns deepened as PSG, which had promised to reveal its position regarding Lee Kang-in’s selection for the Asian Games by the 13th local time, did not provide a clear answer.
Coach Hwang said ahead of the training held at the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC) on the 14th, “The player himself wants to join as soon as possible, but it seems that coordination with PSG is not going well.” “We are continuing to communicate closely, so I hope the joining date is decided quickly,” he said.
Since the Asian Games are not a mandatory selection competition recognized by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), the will of the team is important. It has been reported that PSG is engaged in a tug-of-war with the association, making it conditional on whether or not they will be selected for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup to be held in January next year during the season. That’s why it seems burdensome for PSG to send Lee Kang-in, who joined the team this summer, to two competitions during the season.
Coach Hwang said, “PSG seems to be putting forward several conditions. “I have had that experience in the past, but it seems like PSG is trying to steer the situation to their advantage in many ways, so coordination is needed,” he explained. PSG appears to have taken note of the fact that Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who won the gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, did not participate in the early games of the 2019 Asian Cup group stage. However, this issue is not an easy one to decide as it needs to be discussed with national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
The national team’s first match in the Asian Games group stage will be against Kuwait on the 19th. Afterwards, they will face Thailand on the 21st and Bahrain on the 24th, and if they pass the group stage, they will play in the round of 16 on the 27th. It seems highly likely that Lee Kang-in will not be able to play in the first game of the group stage.