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 By John Duerden

South Korea's World Cup hopes rest with Son Heung-min after Kwon Chang-hoon injury

The lucky 28 players who were named in South Korea's preliminary 2018 World Cup squad on May 14 were expected to turn up at the Paju National Football Centre seven days later for the start of a training camp. The walk from the gates to the clubhouse, down a long straight path that leads past a waiting pack of photographers, has become something of a tradition. Kwon Chang-hoon, however, will miss out on that rite of passage -- Korea's rising star is still in France.

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 By John Duerden

South Korea's World Cup hopes dented by Kwon Chang-hoon's Achilles injury

South Korea's World Cup hopes suffered a major blow on Saturday as star midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon sustained an Achilles injury that is set to rule the 23 year-old out of the tournament.

With 14 minutes remaining in the final game of the French campaign, Kwon, Korea's most in-form player with 11 goals for Dijon FCO this season, limped off the pitch against Angers.

The exact nature of the injury has yet to be determined but in a statement released by Dijon, the club said it is "probably a rupture...