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Injured forward cut from Asian Cup training roster

Sports 20:55 December 06, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korean forward Kim Seung-dae has been cut from the national football team roster for continental tournament training due to an injury, the national football governing body said Thursday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Kim will not join the national team in Ulsan, where the Taeguk Warriors will train for the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, after he sustained a toenail injury.

This file photo taken on Oct. 8, 2018, shows South Korea national football team forward Kim Seung-dae speaking to reporters at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

Kim, who plays with the K League 1 side Pohang Steelers, has one goal in five caps. The 27-year-old has yet to play for South Korea under new head coach Paulo Bento.

The KFA said Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Kim In-sung will fill in for Kim Seung-dae. The 29-year-old, who once played for Russian giants CSKA Moscow, will represent South Korea for the first time. He has yet to play for the national team at any age level.

A speedy winger, Kim In-sung had three goals and five assists in the K League 1 this season.

The national team will begin training for the Asian Cup in Ulsan on Tuesday with 23 players who are with South Korean, Japanese and Chinese clubs. The Ulsan training camp is considered the last opportunity for domestic league-based players to make their case for Asian Cup selection. Bento is scheduled to announce his final Asian Cup roster on Dec. 20.

The 2019 Asian Cup kicks off in the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 5.

This file photo taken on May 9, 2018, shows Ulsan Hyundai FC midfielder Kim In-sung (R) celebrating his goal against Suwons Samsung Bluewings in an AFC Champions League round of 16 match at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan. (Yonhap)

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