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South Korea sweating over fitness of star man Kim ahead of Ghana showdown


The South Korean national team could be without a crucial member of the country’s backline in their upcoming meeting with Ghana, it has been revealed.

The player in question? Kim Min-jae.

Central defender Kim - in the midst of a stellar campaign at club level with Napoli - played an integral role in South Korea’s World Cup opening day stalemate with Uruguay earlier this week.

Since, however, the 26-year-old has set alarm bells ringing in the Taegeuk Warriors’ camp.

This comes with Kim continuing to struggle with a calf injury.

After sitting out training on Friday, the stopper did likewise earlier today, taking no chances ahead of South Korea’s crunch clash with Ghana in two days’ time.

In turn, it was confirmed by the KFA that “He still has some pain (right calf) so he can’t do the training today”.

Though it has been insisted that Kim’s injury is not a serious one, his status for Monday’s action at the Education City Stadium therefore appears to be up in the air.

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Conor Laird

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