Hong Kong's Tan Chun-lok breaks leg in Bangladesh clash
Hong Kong's crucial 2-1 victory over Bangladesh in the Asian Games soccer competition came at a considerable price as midfielder Tan Chun-lok's tournament ended with a broken right leg.
Tan, who plays for YFCMD in the Premier League, went down to a bad tackle in the closing stages of the match in Incheon, South Korea. He was sent to hospital after the match and will return to Hong Kong for further treatment.
“He has broken his right leg and will be sent back to Hong Kong to see a doctor before a decision is made on whether or not surgery is needed,” said coach Kim Pan-gon.
The midfielder was a key member of the squad, having started in all three group matches in Incheon, but he had already been ruled out of the next match, against favourites South Korea in the round of 16, after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament during the Bangladesh match.
Kim admitted Hong Kong’s chances against South Korea on Thursday were very slim and he had instructed his players to go out and enjoy the match against their powerful opposition.
“We have already reached our target by advancing to the knockout stage and anything more than that is a bonus,” said Kim. “It will be too difficult to challenge South Korea but the players can enjoy playing against a top side.”
Playmaker Ju Yingzhi will also miss the next match for two bookings.