PSG’s new duo thigh pain Lee Kang-in’s first training in Japan OUT best friend Neymar returns
Neymar returned from an ankle injury and participated in PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) team training, while Lee Kang-in, who felt thigh pain ahead of the Asian tour, missed the training just in case.
French media “Lesquiff” reported on the 24th (Korea Standard Time) that “Lee Kang-in did not attend the training, but Neymar participated in the team training.”
Currently, the PSG squad is in Japan. PSG, which has set the destinations for the 2023 summer pre-season overseas tour to South Korea and Japan, headed to Asia with 29 players, including Lee Kang-in.
PSG, who left France on the 22nd, arrived in Osaka, Japan on the 23rd. They will play Alnasr (Saudi Arabia) and Cerezo Osaka (Japan) at 7 p.m. on the 25th and 7 p.m. on the 28th, respectively, and will play Inter Milan (Italy) in Tokyo at 7 p.m. on August 1st
After completing all of the Japanese schedule, Lee Kang-in plans to head to his homeland of South Korea and face Jeonbuk Hyundai at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium on August 3 to mark the end of his East Asian tour schedule.
As soon as they arrived in Japan, PSG players immediately proceeded with training. In the first training session in Japan, Lee Kang-in, who was suspected of injury ahead of the tour, did not show up, drawing attention.
Lee Kang-in, who left RCD Mallorca this summer and wore a PSG uniform, started the first friendly match of the pre-season against Le Havre at “Campus PSG” outside Paris, France, on the 22nd.
Against Le Havre, who won the French second division League 2 last season and succeeded in promotion, Lee Kang-in started and boosted his performance and organization, but was replaced at the last minute as he complained of pain in the back of his thigh during the game
Lee Kang-in, who played as a right winger on the day, showed off his long-term dribbling and passing skills while taking charge of the right side with right-back Ashraf Hakimi, but he had a physical problem ahead of the end of the first half.
In the 43rd minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in lowered his head in front of coach Enrique and touched his right thigh. Coach Enrique, who did not have to overdo it because it was a friendly match, immediately replaced Lee Kang-in with another player.
Fans expressed regret that Lee Kang-in was replaced during the game because he was showing good performance. In particular, pre-season friendly matches were scheduled in Korea, raising anxiety among domestic fans waiting for Lee Kang-in.
For now, PSG reassured fans by including Lee Kang-in on the 29-man list accompanying the tour. It was confirmed that he avoided serious injuries by accompanying him on an overseas tour because he could have stayed in France depending on the degree of injury
Lee Kang-in, who arrived in Japan, received a warm welcome from local Japanese fans. Lee Kang-in also responded by approaching fans near the airport entrance and signing on uniforms and paper.
After completing his fan service, Lee Kang-in immediately moved to the training ground with his teammates. At that time, Lee Kang-in was confirmed to be moving with soccer shoes, so he was expected to be able to train, but Lee Kang-in was not found in the training video in Osaka, Japan released by PSG.
Rather, Neymar returned to team training and drew attention. Neymar was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery for a damaged right ankle ligament in a home game against LOSC Lille in the 24th round of the 2022/23 season.
Neymar, who devoted himself to recovering from personal training as his ankle condition did not completely heal even after the summer pre-season began, not only accompanied him on an overseas tour but also participated in team training for the first time since his injury
“A few hours after arriving in Osaka, Japan, PSG trained with Neymar, who participated in team training,” said “The training was intense.” Neymar scored with a half volley shot in team training,” he explained.
He added, “It remains to be seen how many minutes Neymar will be able to play in the four friendly matches PSG has to play on the Asian tour.”
He also said, “South Korean midfielder Lee Kang-in was absent from the training that day,” adding, “PSG will also hold open training on Monday evening (24th). “Unless the program changes, we will continue our morning training ahead of the training and games twice a day,” he said.
If Lee Kang-in’s condition improves, he can appear at training on the afternoon of the 24th. Or there is a possibility that PSG will focus on recovering as much as possible without overdoing Lee Kang-in for a friendly match against Jeonbuk Hyundai in Busan on August 3
In addition, after the Asian tour, PSG should immediately start preparing for the opening game. PSG is scheduled to play the 2023/24 season League 1 opening game against Lorien at its home stadium, Parc des Princes, on August 13.
Lee Kang-in, who had a career-high season with six goals and six assists in Spain’s La Liga last season, is one of PSG’s important strengths. Since there is less than a month left until the opening of the season, PSG began managing Lee Kang-in while closely watching his condition 파워볼게임
Attention is focusing on whether Lee Kang-in, who accompanied the tour but is being thoroughly managed by PSG medical staff, will soon appear at the training ground to raise expectations for a friendly match