Jeju United sighed as an injured player came out during the game from the opening game.
Before the opening, Jeju was called a team that would threaten the two-team system of Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai, selected by each team manager. Last season, they showed their potential by playing Final A for two consecutive years, and ahead of this season, they strengthened their power by recruiting Yuri Jonatan, Lim Chae-min, Kim Seung-seop, and Hayes, and the reason was that most of the core remained. It also caught the attention of fans with lively and popping marketing.
Amid heightened interest, Jeju played the first round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ with Suwon FC at Jeju World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on February 26. Ja-cheol Koo, Hyeon-beom Ahn, Chang-min Lee, Woon Jeong, and Oh-kyu Kim all made a sortie, and there were also newly recruited Jonathan Yuri and Chae-min Lim. A whopping 8,362 people came to the stadium, proving their keen interest in Jeju.
The result was a 0-0 draw. Jeju drove Suwon FC in the early stages, but in the second half they gradually allowed offense and were shaken. He didn’t concede, but he didn’t score either. It was pitiful to see one after another injured. Youngjun Choi, who was in charge of the midfield, collapsed first. Around the 5th minute of the second half, he collapsed complaining of pain and was carried out on a stretcher while grabbing the ball and twisting his body.
Jeon Seong-jin was also injured. A midfielder born in 2001, who joined Jeju this year, he left an impression as a left wingback with an active appearance, but was eventually replaced after suffering pain in his right hamstring in the 17th minute of the second half. Kim O-gyu showed symptoms of a concussion in the second half of the extra time in a race with Lars. Fortunately, he got up and played the rest of the game, but he was worried about the aftereffects.
It was Jeju that felt sorry for the injured from the opening game. Fortunately, Kim O-kyu, who is the center of defense, is not seriously injured, but Choi Young-joon is known to be out for a long period of time due to an injury in a bad part. The timing of his return is unclear. It is a huge blow to Jeju that Choi Young-joon, the captain and the core of the midfield, is missing. Meanwhile, Jeon Seong-jin was confirmed to have a hamstring injury, and it was found that he would be out for about three weeks. 먹튀검증
Since the transfer market is still open, attention has been focused on whether Jeju will find a replacement who can fill the void left by Choi Young-joon. An official from Jeju said, “There are Kim Bong-soo and Han Jong-moo. The first alternative is to go together.” He said, “Apart from Choi Young-joon’s injury, I’m looking at the player in a big way. All teams will be the same, and it’s the search we’ve been doing every season. It can’t be said that we started recruiting because of Choi Young-joon.”