November 05, 2013 12:46
Despite recently getting some playing time with Arsenal, struggling Park Chu-young was once again shunned by Korean national team manager Hong Myung-bo on Monday as the striker's name was omitted from the 23-men roster for two upcoming friendly matches.
Korea will play Switzerland in Seoul on Nov. 15.
One day later, the national team will leave for Dubai to prepare for a tune-up there against Russia on Nov. 19.
Switzerland and Russia are considered among the powerhouses of European football. Ranked world No. 7 by FIFA, the Swiss team was among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup draw. Meanwhile, world No. 19 Russia edged Portugal to top its group in European qualifying for the World Cup.
Football fans were keenly watching to see whether Hong would select Park for the upcoming matches as the team has been blamed for its lack of experienced strikers.
But the manager seems concerned that Park may have accumulated too much rust while warming the bench for the Gunners in the English Premier League, despite making a brief appearance as a late substitute during the team's match against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup recently.
In the end, Hong only chose Kim Shin-wook of Ulsan Hyundai.
"I feel that Park is not yet ready to perform at his best for the national team," he said. "We need to wait and see what happens to him during January's transfer window."
Moreover, the absence of midfielder Koo Ja-cheol due to injury forced a few changes to the team's starting line-up for the next two games.
"I'm thinking of Cardiff's Kim Bo-kyung and Nam Tae-hee of Lekhwiya SC in Qatar as potential attacking midfielders to back the main striker," Hong said.
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