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Midfielder dropped from nat'l team roster due to ankle injury

2018/11/08 09:55

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SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young has been dropped from the national football team roster for upcoming friendly matches due to an injury, the national football governing body said Thursday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Jung will not represent South Korea in friendly matches against Australia and Uzbekistan following an ankle injury.

This file photo taken on Oct. 12, 2018, shows South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young during a friendly football match against Uruguay at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap) This file photo taken on Oct. 12, 2018, shows South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young during a friendly football match against Uruguay at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Jung, who has two goals in 37 caps, has been one of the core central midfielders for South Korea since Paulo Bento took the helm in August. The 28-year-old, who is with Qatari side Al Sadd, has featured in the last four friendly matches under Bento.

The KFA said Asan Mugunghwa midfielder Ju Se-jong will replace Jung. Ju, 28, was called up to Bento's national team in September but didn't play a single minute. He wasn't selected for South Korea's friendly matches against Uruguay and Panama last month.

Ju was a member of the South Korean team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has one goal in 13 international matches.

Bento called up 26 players for this month's friendly matches away from home. The Taeguk Warriors will face Australia on Nov. 17 and face Uzbekistan three days later. Both matches will be held in Brisbane, Australia.

This file photo taken on June 28, 2018, shows South Korean midfielder Ju Se-jong (R) trying to pass the ball as German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer chases him during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Germany at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. (Yonhap) This file photo taken on June 28, 2018, shows South Korean midfielder Ju Se-jong (R) trying to pass the ball as German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer chases him during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Germany at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. (Yonhap)

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