Correspondent Lee Jae-sang = Napoli defender Kim Min-jae (27) of Italy’s Serie A, who raised concerns after being replaced after only playing the first half, appears to have fortunately avoided a major injury. “It was a precautionary replacement,” said Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti.
Napoli won 2-0 in an away match against Sampdoria in the 17th round of Serie A in the 2022-23 season held at Luis Ferraris in Genoa, Italy on the 9th 안전놀이터.
Napoli, who recorded their first loss of the season by losing 0-1 in the match against Inter Milan on the 5th, succeeded in reversing the mood with the victory that day. Napoli, with 14 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss (44 points), is 7 points ahead of second place AC Milan (37 points).
Kim Min-jae, who started as a center back among four backs with Joao Jejus, was replaced by Amir Rahmani after the first half of the day. It is the first time since joining Kim Min-jae that he played only the first half of a Napoli match and was replaced.
There was a time when he was absent due to the rotation at the beginning of the season, but it was the first time that he had played only 45 minutes after starting as a starter, so there were voices of concern that he might have been injured.
Kim Min-jae continued to suffer from a leg injury at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, so there were many worried eyes that it might have recurred.
Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to be a serious situation.
In an interview with ‘DAZN’ after the game, Spalletti added, “Minjae Kim felt muscle stiffness and was replaced. We did not want to risk losing him for several months. We followed the instructions of the medical team.”
In summary, it seems that he was replaced early in preparation for the upcoming game. Fortunately, Kim Min-jae also washed away his injury concerns by watching his teammates play with a bright expression on the bench.
This season, Napoli is aiming for the league title for the first time in 33 years since the 1989-90 season when ‘legend’ Diego Maradona played. And at the center is defender Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae, who left Fenerbahce (Turkiye) ahead of the 2022-23 season and wore a Napoli uniform, has scored 2 goals in 21 matches this season, including 15 league matches and 6 European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) matches. . As a central defender, he is trusted by the command tower and is playing his best role.
Napoli will face off against powerful Juventus on the 14th at 4:45 am at the Armando Maradona Stadium.