January 21, 2019 / 2:50 AM / in a month

Soccer: South Korea's Ki to miss remainder of Asian Cup

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Sweden vs South Korea - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 18, 2018 South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng applauds fans after the match REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng will miss the remainder of the Asian Cup after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the Korea Football Association have said.

Ki, who has won 110 caps for the Koreans, suffered the injury in their opener against the Philippines and while the 29-year-old missed the rest of their Group C matches it was hoped he would return for Tuesday’s last 16 tie against Bahrain.

However, Yonhap News reported on Monday that the Newcastle United midfielder felt a twinge during training and it was decided to drop him from the squad.

The move is likely to bring an end to Ki’s international career as he had indicated his plans to retire after last year’s World Cup but agreed to delay that decision until after the Asian Cup.

Ki, who will turn 30 on Thursday, posted the message: “Thank God it’s finally over” on his Instagram page late on Sunday.

South Korea are looking to win their first Asian Cup since 1960.

Reporting by Jeongmin Kim; Writing by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Gene Cherry

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