Korea Republic striker Lee Dong-Gook is confident of featuring in Saturday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ opener against Greece after making a speedy recovery from a hamstring injury.
The 32-year-old Pohang Steelers striker, who was the top scorer in the K-League last season, was not expected to be available to coach Huh Jung-Moo until at least the second Group B outing against Argentina on 17 June.
But the former Middlesbrough frontman, who picked up the injury last month, has made a quicker than expected recovery. "I've been exercising normally since arriving in South Africa," he said. "My condition has improved quickly from steady rehabilitation. If given the opportunity, I want to leave a good impression in the match with Greece."
Lee missed out on a place in the last FIFA World Cup™ in Germany after picking up a knee injury and was left out of Korea Republic's 2002 FIFA World Cup™ squad by Guus Hiddink, having made just one substitute appearance in France four years earlier.