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Sunderland’s Ki asks to leave after injury

Ki Sung-yueng of Sunderland has asked the team to let him return to Korea even though the season isn’t over yet.

Ki Young-ok, the father of the midfielder, said yesterday that his son has injured his right knee and isn’t likely to fully recover until the end of the season, so the player asked Manager Gus Poyet to let him get treatment in Korea so he can prepare for the 2014 Brazil World Cup in June.

“I think he [Poyet] will make the decision after the match with Manchester United [May 2],” the father said.

Ki felt pain in his knee after Sunderland’s match against Everton on April 12 and has missed three matches since then. Poyet told local media on Wednesday that he isn’t sure if Ki will be able to play for the team for the rest of the season.

The father said his son will return to Korea as soon as Poyet allows it.

By Kwon Sang-soo

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