July 16, 2021 10:34
Korea is to have its final warm-up match against France on Friday ahead of the Summer Olympics, which are set to kick off in Tokyo next week.
In an online press conference on Thursday, Kim Hak-bum, manager of the men's U-23 national football team, said defender Kim Min-jae, one of three wild card players, will not be able to play in the match.
Although Kim Min-jae is on Korea's final 18-member roster for the Olympics, it is not yet certain that he will be able to go to Tokyo, as Beijing Buoan, his club, have refused to release him for the event.
"If there is a 1 percent chance that we can take him [to the Olympics], I will not give it up. I ask fans for a little more patience," the manager said.
Kim Min-jae wasn't even named among the replacements for a friendly against Argentina on Tuesday and had to watch the match from the stands.
The national team will leave for Tokyo on Saturday after the final match in Seoul.
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