Cho Won-Hee, left, was cut from South Korea's initial squad [AFP]

South Korea striker Lee Dong-guk, whose career has been blighted by a succession of injuries, has been included in coach Huh Jung-moo's final 23-man squad.

The 31-year-old missed the 2006 finals in Germany with a knee injury after he was overlooked by Guus Hiddink in 2002, and while he is currently sidelined with a thigh problem, coach Huh said a lack of attacking options made it impossible to leave Lee out.

Huh cut defender Shin Hyung-min, midfielder Koo Ja-cheol and forward Lee Keun-ho from the squad late on Monday, a day after South Korea slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Belarus in a friendly.

Defender Kang Min-soo was also drafted into the squad after Kwak Tae-hwi was ruled out with a knee injury he picked up against Belarus.

Goalkeepers:

Lee Woon-jae, Kim Young-kwang, Jung Sung-ryong.

Group B fixtures

Saturday June 12

 Argentina v Nigeria 
 South Korea v Greece 

Thursday June 17

 Greece v Nigeria 
 Argentina v South Korea 

Tuesday June 22


 Nigeria v South Korea 
 Greece v Argentina

Defenders:

Lee Young-pyo, Cha Du-ri, Cho Yong-hyung, Oh Beom-seok, Lee Jung-soo, Kim Hyung-il, Kang Min-soo, Kim Dong-jin.

Midfielders:

Lee Chung-yong, Park Ji-sung, Kim Jung-woo, Kim Jae-sung, Kim Bo-kyung, Kim Nam-il, Ki Sung-yong.

Forwards:

Lee Dong-guk, Lee Seung-ryul, Park Chu-young, Ahn Jung-whan, Yeom Ki-hun.

Source: Agencies