K League replaces 3 injured players for exhibition vs Tottenham


SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s premier soccer league announced on Monday that it replaced three injured players, including the reigning MVP, for an upcoming exhibition match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The K League squad, made up of two players from each of the 12 K League 1 clubs, will host Tottenham, along with South Korean star Son Heung-min, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the World Cup stadium in Seoul .

The K League announced the squad last Thursday, but Daegu FC striker Cesinha, Ulsan Hyundai FC midfielder Um Won-sang and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors defender Hong Jeong-ho, the MVP of the league 2021, will not be available due to injuries.

Cesinha will be replaced by defender Kim Jin-hyuk, while Jun Amano will take Um’s place as Ulsan’s representative. Midfielder Paik Seung-ho takes over from Hong.

Paik is one of two former FC Barcelona youth players for Team K League, as he joins Suwon FC midfielder Lee Seung-woo.

Son having spent his offseason so far in South Korea, the rest of his Spurs mates joined him on Sunday. Tottenham have brought in most of their best players, including Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris, Lucas Moura and a recent acquisition, Richarlison.

The K League also revealed the kit numbers and design for the game. They will wear black shirts, with their names and numbers in gold. The Team K League crest will be on the right sleeve, while the front of the shirt will feature game coupons for “FIFA Online 4” and “FIFA Mobile”.

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