KI SUNG-YUENG hopes he will be fit for the summer’s World Cup after seeing his Sunderland loan prematurely ended by injury.
The Echo reported last week how a knee tendinitis problem had essentially brought a conclusion to the South Korean’s spell at the Stadium of Light, with the on-loan Swansea midfielder missing from Sunderland’s last four games.
Ki, who would have been ineligible for Sunday’s final game against parent club Swansea anyway, has been allowed to return to his native Korea for treatment on the injury.
But the 25-year-old admits he is yet to see any improvement and is sweating on his participation in the summer’s tournament in Brazil.
“Although I have long felt pain in my knee, I endured it and played. But my injury has got worse,” said Ki.
“I received treatment for three weeks but it hasn’t gotten any better. I cannot even run right now and I want to play an important role at the World Cup.”
Although Ki’s form dipped during his final few weeks at the Stadium of Light, his loan spell proved to be a successful one.
The former Celtic man made 34 appearances for the Black Cats and netted four goals, including the League Cup quarter-final winner against Chelsea.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has previously indicated his eagerness to sign Ki on a permanent deal.
But caretaker Swansea boss Garry Monk, expected to be appointed on a permanent basis, insists he wants to see Ki back at the Liberty Stadium, even though he only has a year remaining on his contract with the Welsh club.