Brazilian striker Zeka 27, Shandong Taishan, who has played in the K League for the past two years, was confirmed to have suffered serious injuries shortly after entering China.

The Shandong club, led by former Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee, revealed on its official channel on the 24th that Zeka suffered injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during training on January 22.

After returning to Brazil on Jan. 23 during the Qatar Asian Cup, Zeca underwent surgery on Feb. 5. “The surgery ended well. I am recovering from physical therapy,” Shandong said.

Zeka left for Shandong, where he made huge impressions with seven goals and seven assists in the 2022 season and Pohang in the 2023 season. He was selected as the best-Eleven striker in the K-League 1 in 2023, and was also nominated for the grand prize.

Choi showed his desire to win the Chinese Super League by recruiting two foreign players who performed the best in the K League, including “K League Crack” Bako, along with Zeka.

But Zeka, the front-line striker, collapsed during the winter training before the season even opened.

The match between Suwon FC and Pohang Steelers in the K-League 1 was held at Suwon Stadium on the 4th. 토토

The 2023 K-League Awards took place at the Lotte Hotel in Jamsil, Seoul on Saturday. Ulsan Joo Min-gyu and Pohang Zeca won the award in the K-League 1 Best 11 Strikers category.

It happened after Leonardo, who played for Ulsan in the 2022 season due to salary problems, was loaned to China’s second-division storage.

As it is difficult to reinforce players right now, the first half will be held under the two-man offensive team system of Krizhang and Matheus Patou.

Zeka displayed her thumb after the surgery. It is expected that it will take at least six months or up to a year before returning to the ground.

Shandong advanced to the quarterfinals with a miraculous 4-2 victory in the second round of 4-2 in the round of 16 of the Kawasaki Frontale and the Asian Champions League held this month.

If they beat Yokohama F. Marinos in the quarterfinals, they will meet the winner of the Jeonbuk-Ulsan match in the semifinals. As they have deep ties with Ulsan and Jeonbuk as players and coaches, it becomes a story no matter which team they meet.

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