Ki to let younger players shine

It is international week again and South Korea are looking to bounce back after a disappointing Asian Cup. There is one player in particular that has been key for his country for over ten years that is stepping away from the international scene. A player that will be a clear absent this weekend that will be former South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng.

Ki ready to let the new generation play

The midfielder Ki decided to make the decision after the Asian Cup to retire from international football. He said it was a difficult one but with a new generation coming through in Korea it was seen as the time to retire.

The signs that time was up for Ki and his future with the national team was clear in the opening match of the Asian Cup. This was due to the player picking up a hamstring injury in his country's opening match a 1-0 win over the Philippines. As he looked to get fit to play again at the Asian Cup he aggravated it in training and had to head back to England for treatment.

I'd imagine at this point the 30-year-old realised something had to give so it was no surprise when he announced his retirement from international football.

The Korean then said this on the whole issue;
I was out for two months and away from the pitch. The injury occurred after the first game in the Asian Cup, then I came back to training and got injured again, so I had to come back to Newcastle, which was very disappointing.
I never expected this and I was very depressed and disappointed. But this is the life of a footballer and you get injuries.
I couldn't play until February and I was focused on getting back and waiting for my chance to play for Newcastle again. I am not 100% fit yet, but I will be better as I play more games.

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