AFC Asian Cup 2019: South Korea's title hopes dealt massive blow as veteran midfielder Ki Sung-yueng withdraws through injury

  • 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 man played less than an hour at the tournament before being taken off during South Korea's opening win over the Philippines in Dubai

  • 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

Al-Ain: 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.

 AFC Asian Cup 2019: South Koreas title hopes dealt massive blow as veteran midfielder Ki Sung-yueng withdraws through injury

File image of Ki Sung-yueng. Reuters

The 29-year-old Newcastle United man 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.

Updated Date: Jan 21, 2019 15:51:59 IST