Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 27 May 2019

South Korea and Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-yueng ruled out of Asian Cup

Two-time champions face Bahrain in the last-16 at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday

Ki Sung-yueng, not pictured, was taken off injured during South Korea's win over the Philippines. Pawan Singh / The National
Ki Sung-yueng, not pictured, was taken off injured during South Korea's win over the Philippines. Pawan Singh / The National

South Korea's Asian Cup hopes have suffered a blow after Premier League midfielder Ki Sung-yueng was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old Newcastle United player played less than an hour at the tournament before being taken off during South Korea's opening win over the Philippines in Dubai.

Ki's withdrawal was announced as South Korea, two-time winners of the tournament and the 2015 runners-up, prepare to take on Bahrain in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

The pull-out has prompted speculation that Ki may announce his international retirement, after clocking up more than 100 appearances since making his debut in 2008.

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Updated: January 21, 2019 11:29 AM

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