South Korea

Lee Dong-guk included in final World Cup squad despite a series of injuries.

    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


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