“Hwang Hee-chan’s injury is disappointing… important player,” Wolverhampton manager says he is disappointed to leave the team

Head coach Gary O’Neill expressed regret over Hwang Hee-chan’s departure.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Newcastle United in the 27th round of the Premier League (PL) in the 2023-24 season at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, at 0 a.m. on the 3rd (Korea time). Currently, Wolverhampton is in ninth place with 38 points and Newcastle is in 10th place with 37 points.

Ahead of the match, O’Neill said, “Hwang Hee-chan will not play in this match, and there will be more evaluations after the weekend. I am disappointed that he is excluded at the moment,” expressing regret over Hwang’s departure.

“I was aware that there were some players who might be in danger of playing in a midweek cup game. But Hwang Hee-chan was fine before the game. I felt like I could play because I recovered well. Obviously, that can happen. It is disappointing to lose Hwang Hee-chan because we know how important he is to us.”

Asked if he had set the time for Hwang Hee-chan’s return, he said, “No. The club was first looking to see if Hwang Hee-chan could play this weekend. If the results come out after the weekend, we will know more details. I hope it doesn’t take too long, but we have to wait and see.”

Hwang Hee-chan started in the match against Brighton in the round of 16 in the FA Cup. Hwang Hee-chan led the attack by actively moving in front before leaving the ground. However, bad news came. In the 10th minute of the second half, he collapsed after attempting a left-footed through pass near the half-line. Medical staff came in quickly and checked his physical condition. Hwang Hee-chan grabbed his hamstring and was eventually replaced.

Hwang Hee-chan showed off his peak performance this season. He started many matches on the bench in the early days of the season, but he became the main player by scoring many goals in a small amount of time. Hwang Hee-chan broke his career high in the PL by scoring 10 leaguers.

Injuries have always held Hwang Hee-chan back. Whenever he showed off good performance, he left due to injury. He had minor injuries this season, but he returned quickly. When he returned after the 2023 Asian Cup, he was also excluded from the roster due to calf pain. Wolverhampton lost attacking resources as Matheus Cunha suffered a hamstring injury. Moreover, with Hwang Hee-chan also out, O’Neill’s troubles are deepening.

BY: 스포츠토토핫

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