July 26, 2017 10:58
Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City left for the U.K. on Tuesday to join his club after one-and-a-half months of rehabilitation at home.
Ki sustained a knee injury during an Asian qualifier match between Korea and Qatar for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and underwent an operation in mid-June. He missed the new Premier League season for his club due to the injury.
Korea now has two remaining qualifying matches for the World Cup -- one against Iran on Aug. 31 and the other against Uzbekistan on Sept. 5, and it is still not certain whether Ki will be able to play in them.
Before his departure, Ki told reporters at the airport, "It is hard to say whether I will be able to play against Iran at the moment. I will focus on recovering first. It's a very important match."
Korea is currently in second place in its group with 4 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, only 1 point ahead of Uzbekistan. Iran, which tops the group, has already secured a berth to the World Cup in Russia.
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