CHORZOW, Poland, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean defender Kim Jin-su will retrun home after injuring his left knee during a friendly football match against Northern Ireland last week, a national football team official said Monday.
The men’s national football team is currently staying in Chorzow, Poland, to prepare for its friendly against Poland on Tuesday. South Korea came here after playing against Northern Ireland in Belfast on Saturday.
The official with the Korea Football Association (KFA) said Kim underwent an MRI scan at a hospital in Poland, which revealed the player sustained a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in his left knee. To have further tests and treatment, the official said the 25-year-old will take a flight home later Monday.
Kim, who plays with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in South Korea, was replaced only 35 minutes after kick-off due to knee pain. He traveled to Poland on crutches.
The official said Kim will recover in three weeks and can compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which starts in June.
The official, however, said Kim will undergo further examination of his left knee after a test result in Poland showed that the former Hoffenheim left back also has a problem in his knee cartilage.
“The test and rehabilitation methods will be further processed after the KFA and Jeonbuk discuss the matter,” the official said.