Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez could be dealt a severe blow in January, with Ki Sung-Yueng and Yoshinori Muto both set to be called up by South Korea and Japan respectively for Asian Cup duties.
The Magpies have endured a dreadful start to the league season, but have begun to turn things around in recent weeks, picking up two wins and a draw in their last three league games. That has elevated them up to 14th in the Premier League table, but this latest news comes as a setback for the Toon.
With January's Asian Cup on the horizon, the Chronicle report
The competition starts on January 5 and should both players reach the final, they will not return until after February 1. There is also a possibility that both countries will
Japan face off against Turkmenistan, Oman and Uzbekistan in the group stages, while Ki's South Korea face the Philippines, China and Kyrgyzstan.
Presuming the pair are both selected, they will likely miss two Premier League crunch matches against Manchester United
Ki Sung-Yeung and Yoshinori Muto are the only Asian players ever to play for Newcastle United. #NUFC— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 27, 2018
Source : 90min