Ki Sung-Yueng admits he won’t be 100% fit for the first Newcastle match of the season though he believes ‘I should be almost 100%’ for the Tottenham game’ in just over five weeks time.
After playing in the defeats to Sweden and Mexico, the South Korea captain missed that final dramatic game against Germany.
A calf injury picked up against Mexico meant that he had to sit out the match which ended German hopes but couldn’t save South Korea.
The former Swansea midfielder says though that the injury isn’t serious and he can already train now, which he intends to do on is own now as he holidays in South Korea.
His new team-mates are due back today to start pre-season and it will be a major surprise if Ki Sung-Yueng is considered as a starter for that opening game against Spurs.
Set to return two weeks before that first Premier League match, it is only the home friendly with Augsburg on Saturday 4 August that he will have any chance of being involved in.
He says that he had ‘no hesitation’ when he first heard about an offer to come to St James Park and gives his reason as being ‘I know that this club has big ambitions.’
Let’s hope Ki Sung Yueng is correct and that the remaining weeks of the transfer window prove that.
Ki Sung-Yueng speaking to the official club site:
“It is not a serious problem…it is not a tear, just a little strain.
“I got a knock from Mexico’s players at the end of the game.
“Then I couldn’t play (in the next match) because of the short period until the Germany game.
“Now I can train and there is not a problem.
“I need some rest now to recover from the national team because I also had one month preparation (for the World Cup) after the season.
“When I come back from my holidays I have to be ready 100% mentally and physically.
“I will do some work in Korea while on holiday.
“I have two weeks to prepare for the first game and maybe I can’t be 100%…but I should be almost 100%.
“I’m thankful to this club for giving me the opportunity to play for such a great club – I am really looking forward to it.
“There was no hesitation once I had a first offer from the club, it was a very quick decision.
“I know that this club has big ambitions.”