Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan is set to miss South Korea’s second World Cup group stage match with Ghana today through injury.
Hwang has been struggling with a hamstring injury.
The player has had discomfort since Wolves’ Premier League game against Arsenal earlier this month. He did not make the bench for the visit of the Gunners.
Hwang was actually seen training with his teammates over the weekend.
And the Korean Football Association posted on social media about it, stating ‘the Bull is up and running’.
That may have suggested that Hwang was set to feature against Ghana. The post even mentioned that upcoming game with the Black Stars.
But head coach Paulo Bento said in his press conference on Sunday that the former RB Leipzig star won’t be involved today (via Korea JoongAng Daily).
Ghana’s head coach Otto Addo had picked out Hwang, and also Heung-min Son, as the big dangers for his side in his press conference (via Graphic Online).
It is a big blow for Korea, who are seeking to win today to take a big step towards making it out of their group.
Following their 0-0 draw with Uruguay, Group H is tight.
Korea need three points today against Ghana before facing the best team in the group Portugal.
Big blow for South Korea and Hwang Hee-chan as Wolves man is ruled out of Ghana clash
It is a real shame that £14 million star Hwang is struggling with injury at the moment.
He’s had it tough at Wolves for a while, and he will have been hoping to make a big impression for his country at the World Cup.
This is a chance for him to perhaps turn a corner.
Hopefully he can at least feature in that final game against Portugal, which could be a really tough game.