Kwon Chang-hoon's Achilles injury a major blow for South Korea

South Korea’s hopes of making it out of a very difficult group in Russia have been dealt a major blow. Star midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon limped out of Djion’s last game of the season with 14 minutes of the game remaining.

Kwon has been one of Korea’s best performing European based players over the past few months, he has scored 11 goals for Dijon in Ligue 1 this season. The severity of the injury is not clear at the moment but Dijon released a statement where they said they think he has ruptured his Achilles tendon. However, one thing is certain he will miss the World Cup.

Korean media have reported that the injury is serious and it looks like he is going to be out of action for some time as he battles back to full fitness. Kwon was expected back in Korea on Sunday, a day before the training camp begins.

The injury worries are starting to pile up for South Korea’s manager Shin Tae-yong who is already without key defender Kim Min-jae and midfielder Yeom Ki-hun while he awaits news on Lee Keun-ho and Kim Jin-su. It’s exactly what South Korea didn’t want heading into a tough group with Germany, Mexico and Sweden.

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