Jo Hyeon-woo to Start as Goalkeeper for South Korea Against Jordan in AFC Asian Cup

SEOUL– In the upcoming AFC Asian Cup match against Jordan, South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo will be starting, stepping in for the injured Kim Seung-gyu. The Group E match is scheduled to take place on Saturday in Qatar.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, Jo, known for his role in all three South Korean matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is replacing Kim Seung-gyu, who sustained a right knee ligament injury during a training session. This injury, confirmed on Friday, has ruled Kim out of the competition. Kim Seung-gyu had been a regular starter under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, starting 10 of South Korea's 12 matches since March last year, including the recent 3-1 victory over Bahrain in their first group match. Jordan, on the other hand, had a strong start with a 4-0 win against Malaysia.

The match is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. South Korean time) at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. Apart from the change in the goalkeeper position, the South Korean team will maintain the same starting lineup that played against Bahrain.

The offensive lineup includes Cho Gue-sung of FC Midtjylland as the striker, supported by captain Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, Lee Kang-in of Paris Saint-Germain, and Lee Jae-sung of Mainz 05. Lee Kang-in, who scored twice in the win against Bahrain, is a key player in the attack. In midfield, Hwang In-beom of Crvena zvezda and Park Yong-woo of Al Ain FC will take on defensive responsibilities.

The defense will be anchored by Kim Min-jae of Bayern Munich and Jung Seung-hyun of Ulsan HD FC, with Lee Ki-je of Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Seo Young-woo of Ulsan supporting from the flanks. Five players from the starting unit, including Son, Cho, Park Yong-woo, Kim Min-jae, and Lee Ki-je, will be playing with a caution as they each received a yellow card in the previous match.

Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers will miss another match due to a left hip injury. Coach Klinsmann indicated Hwang's progress in recovery, mentioning "no pain anymore," but did not specify a return date.

A victory for South Korea in this match would significantly enhance their chances of advancing to the knockout stage, which includes the top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place teams.

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