Jesse Lingard suffers latest setback at FC Seoul as manager provides injury update

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Jesse Lingard suffers latest setback at FC Seoul as manager provides injury update


Jesse Lingard will be out for a month, with his FC Seoul manager revealing the midfielder has undergone knee surgery.

The former Manchester United and West Ham star’s move to South Korea did not go as planned and now his time in Asia has gone from bad to worse with an injury setback.

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Lingard has missed FC Seoul’s last four games and is now out for the next month.Credit: Getty

Lingard arrived in Seoul in February but had to wait a month to make his K-League debut.

The 31-year-old was lacking fitness following a nearly seven-month spell without a club after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

He then made only three appearances for his new team, all as a substitute and playing a total of 103 minutes of football without a goal or assist, before being sidelined with a neck injury. knee and missing his last four games.

Lingard was reportedly close to a return to action, but then suffered a setback in training.

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According to South Korean journalist Sungmo Lee, it was decided that Lingard would undergo minor surgery to resolve the problem.

FC Seoul coach Kim Gi-dong confirmed that he expects Lingard to be out for a month while he recovers from surgery that took place on Friday and that he regains its full form.

There is still plenty of time for Lingard to get more games under his belt, with the K-League season running from March to November.

Lingard signed a two-year deal with FC Seoul in his first move away from the Premier League, with the England international’s arrival labeled the “biggest signing in K League history”.

Lingard's arrival was hailed as the biggest transfer in K-League history

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Lingard’s arrival was hailed as the biggest transfer in K-League historyCredit: Getty

But it didn’t go the way he, South Korean football fans or the media would have hoped, with Lingard struggling to make an impact.

His debut for the club in March ended in a 2-0 defeat to Gwangju, with the Englishman receiving a yellow card for making a rash tackle just minutes after being introduced on the bench.

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He helped make history and break the K-League attendance record in his second match, with fans flocking to watch him on his home debut.

A record 51,670 fans packed the Seoul World Cup Stadium to watch the 0-0 draw against Incheon United in the Gyeongin derby.

He was greeted with huge cheers every time he touched the ball, with fans waiting for more than two hours to purchase specially produced merchandise featuring the number 10 at a fan park outside the pitch dubbed “the Lingard area”.

However, there was no fairytale moment – quite the opposite – as Lingard wasted a late chance to win the game by shooting over the bar from close range.

Lingard has yet to start a match for FC Seoul

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Lingard has yet to start a match for FC SeoulCredit: Getty

His third match saw him involved in a 2–0 win against Jeju United, but he did not enter the field until the 58th minute, but by then his team had already scored both of their goals.

And it appears he will have to wait to make his fourth appearance, with fans, team-mates and manager likely hoping to understand why he enjoyed six years as a Manchester United player in the Premier League.

For Lingard, who reportedly earns around £17,000 at his new club, he just hopes he can get back on the pitch soon, as he looks to rekindle his love for the game.

After arriving in South Korea, he said: “I just want to enjoy football again, put smiles on people’s faces and show Korean fans what I can do.”

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