Ki Sung-yueng will not be able to play in the remaining games of the season for Sunderland in the English Premier League after a serious injury to his knee. "I really don't know if it will be possible for him to play again for us," Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the Southwest Evening Post in Swansea on Wednesday.
"Ki has been to see a specialist in London who has confirmed that it is tendonitis of the knee and needs to be treated carefully. It's not something that has come on suddenly, he has had a problem with it for a while."
Since a match against Everton on April 14, Ki has missed three games due to tendonitis. The original prediction was that he would be back after two weeks, but his recovery has been slow.
That means he may return to Korea earlier than scheduled. The Korea Football Association has said it will support treatment and rehabilitation for anyone in the preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Park Chu-young, who is playing for Watford on a loan from Arsenal, is currently training with the national team coaching staff in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. He also came back to Korea before the season ended in England's Championship League due to an injury.
And Park Joo-ho, who plays for FSV Mainz 05 in Germany's Bundesliga, returned to Korea before the end of the season early this week for treatment to an inflamed toe.
Ki’s agent said, "The pain has faded considerably, but he is not in good enough form to play in games. He won't be able to play the remainder of the season. We're negotiating with the club so he can leave for Korea to focus on treatment."