Kim Min-jae (27), a defender who plays an active part in Italian professional football Serie A, was replaced for the first time after joining Napoli. Fortunately, it turned out that it was not an injury, but an ‘injury prevention measure’.
Kim Min-jae started in the 2022-23 season Serie A round 17 away match against Sampdoria held at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, Italy on the 9th (Korean time). Kim Min-jae played only 45 minutes in the first half and was replaced by Amir Rahmani with Napoli leading 1-0. This is the first time Kim Min-jae has been replaced in the middle of a game after wearing a Napoli uniform since transferring last summer.
Previously, Kim Min-jae started in 15 Serie A matches and 6 UEFA Champions League matches and played full-time in all of them. He missed one game on break but was never substituted. 메이저사이트
Coach Luciano Spalletti actively explained after the game that Kim Min-jae was replaced to prevent injury.
According to Italian media such as Football Italy, manager Spalletti said, “Kim Min-jae felt his muscles stiffen. We didn’t want to risk losing him for several months,” he said. “Kim Min-jae needs time to get back to the pace of the game. We followed the instructions of the medical staff,” he said.
On this day, Kim Min-jae actively participated in organic play, not only stable defense for 45 minutes in the first half, but also successful 35 of 36 passes.
Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0. Napoli, who took the lead with Victor Osimen’s winning goal in the 19th minute of the first half, took the lead in the 38th minute by sending off defensive midfielder Thomas Rincon. Rincon received a red card for fouling while trying to stop Osimen, who received Kim Min-jae’s long pass. In the 37th minute of the second half, Napoli scored a key goal from Elif Elmas’ penalty kick.
Napoli, who increased the season’s points to 44 (14 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss), secured the lead by 7 points ahead of second place Juventus (37 points, 11 wins, 4 draws, 2 losses).
Kim Min-jae is expected to play a home game against strong enemy Juventus on the 14th.