Bolton to Lose Chung-Yong After Asian Cup Squad is Named

  • December 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could be without Lee Chung-Yong throughout the whole month of January, after his place in South Korea's Asian Cup squad was confirmed.

The tournament, which takes place in Australia between January 9-31, 2015, is the 16th instance of the competition, where the winners will earn the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

South Korea, who won the trophy in 1956 and 1960, will begin their quest for a third crown when they face Oman at the Canberra Stadium on January 10. They play Kuwait in the same stadium three days later, before ending their group schedule at the Brisbane Stadium against Australia on January 17.

The top two teams in each group will advance through to the quarter-finals, which will take place on either January 22-23. The semi-finals are played on January 26-27, the third-place game on January 30 and the final, which takes place at Sydney's Stadium Australia, will close the competition on January 31.

South Korea, who are currently placed 66th in the FIFA World Rankings, are scheduled to play Saudi Arabia in a friendly on January 4, but Bolton boss Neil Lennon is hoping to delay Chung-Yong's departure in order to have him available for the upcoming games against Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic.

Speaking to The Bolton News, Lennon said: "He's due to fly out after the Huddersfield Town game but I'm going to have a little chat with him before then, to see if we can keep him a little bit longer."

South Korea's Squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Goalkeepers: Kim Jin-Hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Kim Seung-Gyu (Ulsan), Jung Sung-Ryong (Suwon)

Defenders: Kim Jin-Su (Hoffenheim), Park Joo-Ho (Mainz 05), Jang Hyun-Soo (Guangzhou R&F), Kim Young-Gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Kim Ju-Young (FC Seoul), Kwak Tae-Hwi (Al Hilal), Kim Chang-Soo (Kashiwa Reysol), Cha Du-Ri (FC Seoul)

Midfielders: Lee Myung-Joo (Al Ain), Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City), Han Kook-Young (Qatar SC), Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen), Kim Min-Woo (Sagan Tosu), Koo Ja-Cheol (Mainz 05), Nam Tae-Hee (Lekhwiya SC), Han Kyo-Won (Jeonbuk), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers)

Forwards: Cho Young-Cheol (Qatar SC), Lee Keun-Ho (El Jaish SC), Lee Jung-Hyub (Sangju)

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