Ki Sung Yueng is set to miss Swansea City’s final game of the Premier League season – after he was called-up to perform military service in the South Korean army.
The former Celtic midfielder, 27, has been granted leave by the Welsh club after he was ordered to take part in mandatory four weeks of national service back in his homeland.
The unusual request means he will now miss out on facing Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow – with City needing to claim all three points to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Every Korean must serve two years of compulsory military service before the age of 29 or face being exiled from the country.
However, Ki was part of South Korea’s bronze medal-winning squad at the London Olympics in 2012 – before joining Swansea from the Hoops for a then club-record fee of £5.5m – which allowed him and his team-mates to have their two years of service reduced to four weeks.
Can you imagine it was a cup final he was missing? Or some sort of league decider?!