Ki Sung-yueng suffered an injury against Mexico in Korea’s last match played at the World Cup, and as Korea had used all three of their substitutes, Ki was forced to hobble on throughout the game.
This could have made the injury worse, but with Ki being Korea’s captain he showed immense fighting spirit by playing on through the pain.
Ki needs at least two weeks to recover
The news that was released said that Ki is going to need at least two weeks to recover, therefore even if Korea do the seemingly impossible by somehow making the last 16, then Ki will still likely be unavailable for selection.
This is terrible news for Korea as a lot of other players looked out of their depth, although it was unclear if it was because they weren’t good enough or they had been stifled from playing their natural game by abysmal defensive tactics.
South Korea’s manager has every right to bemoan the injuries that Korea have had to put up with before and during the World Cup, but the constant moaning about missing the injured players won’t be doing anything to raise the confidence of the players who are in the squad at this moment.
As Korea’s injury list grows, they need a miracle to progress
South Korea’s injury list just keeps on growing, but regardless of who is fit to play and who is injured, Korea still needs a miracle to progress to the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup. The defensive tactics should be thrown in the bin in favour of attack, attack, attack.
Let’s face it, what does Korea have to lose by adopting this policy, they might actually shock Germany by going toe to toe with them and making the final game a shootout from the off. Germany have better players than Korea that is without question at this moment in time, but Germany will also be expecting them to play the way Mexico and Sweden did, and if they decide to go with the kitchen sink tactic they could possibly catch them off guard.
What needs to happen for Korea’s injury-hit squad qualify for the last 16?
Mexico need to defeat Sweden and Korea need to beat Germany by 2 clear goals is how I understand it. If this happens it is likely that Korea will progress, and if that does happen it would most likely shock the world because up to now Korea hasn’t possessed any kind of attacking threat in both matches other than give it to Son and let him run at the defence.
If was Shin I would just go for it with 3 out and out strikers in one of those currently fashionable 3-4-3 formations, with Shin-wook, Hwang and Son up top. The focus would be to just win the ball back, and play it forward quickly – exactly what Mexico did and the Germans couldn’t cope.
We hope Korea can make it through but it looks extremely unlikely taking into account the scenario that’s needed to make it happen. We predict Korea will lose to Germany and go out with a whimper, unfortunately.