Swansea’s Korean star Ki faces early sea­son lock­out

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LON­DON: Korean in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder Ki Sung-Yueng dealt a blow to Swansea yes­ter­day as the Pre­mier League side an­nounced he would miss the start of the sea­son due to a knee in­jury. The 28-year-old-who Swansea signed from Celtic for £6mil­lion ($7.8m, 6.9m eu­ros) in 2012 — is to re­main in South Korea af­ter un­der­go­ing an op­er­a­tion on the knee he in­jured in a re­cent 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier against Qatar. “He will re­main in South Korea to con­tinue his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, be­fore re­turn­ing to Swansea af­ter Paul Cle­ment’s squad re­turn from their pre-sea­son tour to Amer­ica,” read a state­ment on the club web­site. The club’s med­i­cal team have been out to South Korea to as­sess him fol­low­ing the op­er­a­tion. Al­though no date has been set yet for his re­turn to ac­tion, the in­jury is not ex­pected to keep him out long-term. Swansea, who pre­served their Pre­mier League sta­tus by the skin of their teeth last term, are hope­ful of strength­en­ing their mid­field in the com­ing days with Spa­niard Roque Mesa who plays for Las Pal­mas. —AFP

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