“(Lee) keeps asking me why I don’t train and play.” 스포츠토토
Song Min-kyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai), a member of the Asian Games men’s soccer team, hasn’t played a minute in the two group stage matches at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. He is still recovering from a muscle injury. He is expected to return for Game 3.
Song Min-gyu watched from the bench in both Games 1 and 2, especially in the second game against Thailand, where he was seen greeting and teasing Lee Kang-in, who had just joined the team. Speaking to reporters before training at Jinhua Number One Middle School in Zhejiang, China, on March 23 (KST), Song Min-kyu said, “Kang-in told me, ‘Why do you keep playing without working out,’ and ‘Come back and play quickly. I’ve been joking around with him,” he laughed.
Song Min-gyu watched from the sidelines for two games. The national team scored 13 goals in two games. Not only the frontline strikers, but also the second-stringers such as Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), Ko Young-joon (Pohang Steelers), and Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai). Song Min-kyu said, “As a striker, it’s natural to have a desire to score. You also have to be confident. If I play, I will do my best to score,” said Song Min-gyu. “I was very disappointed not to play. But you don’t play because you want to play. I hope I get to play, but even if I don’t, I’ll be out there cheering. I will do my best from now on.”
In addition, Song Min-kyu was spotted having a one-on-one conversation with head coach Hwang Sun-hong during training on the 22nd. “Of course, I wanted to play from the first game, but I wasn’t in the best shape, and it was the same for the second game. The conclusion was that I shouldn’t push myself and play with full strength. “The coach asked me how I was feeling, and I told him I was almost back to full strength. He also asked me if I could play, and I said yes.”
Hwang Sun-hong is in high spirits. He has scored 13 goals in two games. The atmosphere in training is cheerful. However, they must not let their guard down. Song Min-kyu said, “We shouldn’t get too excited. We have one goal, which is the gold medal, but we haven’t reached it yet. It’s a work in progress. We’re in a good mood, but we have to win, and every game is a final,” he emphasized.