S. Korean MF Lee Chung-yong out with leg fracture

January 12, 2015
Lee Chung-yong was taken out on a stretcher last Friday. (Yonhap)

Lee Chung-yong was carried off on a stretcher last Friday. (Yonhap)

South Korea’s Asian Cup hopes have taken a major blow, as one of their most dangerous weapons, Lee Chung-yong, has been diagnosed with having suffered a hairline fracture on his right shin, which could sideline the crafty midfielder for the remainder of the tournament.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said the 26-year-old Bolton Wanderer is able to engage in daily activities, but the doctors have recommended that he refrain from football-related activities for up to three weeks. 

South Korea is trying to win its first Asian Cup since 1960, and the tournament is scheduled to run until Jan. 31.

Lee has a history of shin injury, as he has already comeback from a gruesome double fracture suffered in 2011, which took almost a year to recover from. The KFA said the small fracture this time has affected a different place in the leg.

Lee is a player with Premier League experience, and Crystal Palace is rumored to be interested in signing him once his current contract with Bolton Wanderers expires at the end of the season.