Hwang Hee-chan was reportedly seen sprinting on the field during a South Korea training session yesterday, which may mean he’s on track to feature against Portugal tomorrow.
The Wolves attacker has been unable to feature at the World Cup so far.
The 26-year-old has been contending with a hamstring injury, which was the reason he did not make the matchday squad for Wolves’ last game with Arsenal.
Hwang has missed games against Uruguay and Ghana so far, and Korea have one last group stage match to play in Qatar.
They take on Portugal tomorrow, and it’s a big ask for Paulo Bento’s side.
Korea need to beat their opponents and hope that Uruguay beat Ghana by a smaller scoreline.
Or if Ghana and Uruguay draw, Korea need to beat Portugal by two goals.
At the moment though, Korea’s squad is ‘riddled’ with injuries according to Korea JoongAng Daily.
But it could be that Hwang might finally have some involvement tomorrow night for his country.
The Korean outlet has reported that Hwang was sprinting in a team training session on Wednesday. He had sports tape around his left hamstring.
In his absence, Na Sang-ho has been playing right wing for Korea, and the FC Seoul player has revealed Hwang is very supportive of him from the sidelines.
He is quoted as saying: “Hwang always roots for me even when he is injured and cannot play. I hope that he can play against Portugal and show them what he’s got. As a winger, Hwang is more aggressive and destructive.”
South Korea need Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan back to face Portugal, as winger is seen sprinting ahead of crunch clash
South Korea face an absolutely huge task beating Portugal tonight.
They’ll need a lot of luck, because their destiny is not in their own hands. If Ghana beat Uruguay, or Uruguay beat Ghana with a two-goal wing on Korea, then it’s curtains.
Bento needs Hwang available.
While he has obviously struggled this year for Wolves, he remains one of his country’s best players.
And it’s the World Cup. Club form can go completely out of the window when a player takes to the biggest stage in the world.
It would be good to see Hwang get some minutes as it would be a great shame for him not to feature for his nation.