South Korean national team midfielder Lee Jae-sung has expressed his sympathy for fellow defender Kim Jin-soo, who was unexpectedly injured in a collision with him, and wished him a speedy recovery.안전놀이터
Lee Jae-sung took to his social media account on Feb. 22 to reflect on the two A-Match matches this month and pray for Kim Jin-soo’s return to health.
“I know better than anyone what an injury means to a soccer player, so I’m heartbroken and upset,” Lee Jae-sung said. “I feel warmth and greatness from the way Jin-soo comforted me, telling me that he was fine and not to worry,” he said, expressing both regret and pride for his friend of the same age.
“I hope and pray that the surgery will go well and that he will come back healthier than before,” he added.
The two, who were once teammates at Jeonbuk Hyundai, had an unfortunate collision during the Korea-El Salvador A match on Nov. 20.
The incident occurred in the 37th minute while defending a corner kick. Kim Jin-soo, who was in the penalty box to block an El Salvadoran corner kick, collided with Lee Jae-sung, who also jumped to block the corner kick.안전놀이터추천
At this point, Kim Jin-soo received a huge impact on the left side of his face and collapsed. The national team’s medical staff rushed to the scene to check his condition and provide first aid, and while he continued to play and appeared to be fine, the impacted area was noticeably swollen and he was eventually replaced by Park Kyu-hyun in the 12th minute of the second half and left the field.
Kim Jin-soo was also sidelined for more than two months after injuring his back against Colombia in March when he was pushed down by an opposing striker while defending in the penalty box in the 18th minute of the match, and was out for more than two months.
After being substituted in the match against El Salvador, Kim went straight to the hospital to receive a diagnosis.
“I went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with an orbital fracture because I broke my cheekbone and jawbone, so I’m going to need surgery,” Kim confessed in the Mix Zone after the game.
“I thought I couldn’t get hurt anymore,” he said, “but it’s ridiculous, and it’s very unfortunate. I’m sorry for my family. They say it will take about two months to recover from the surgery, but I’m glad that I avoided long-term injuries,” he said.
In response, Lee Jae-sung, who collided with him, sincerely conveyed his feelings on social media and asked fans to encourage Kim Jin-soo.
The South Korean team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann, played poorly, losing 0-6 to Japan and drawing 1-1 with El Salvador on the same day. In addition, the team’s decision to start Park Yong-woo, who has been criticized for racist behavior, and Kim Jin-soo’s injury made for a fruitless day.
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