Korea Republic defender Kwak Tae-Hwi has had to pull out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after injuring his knee in a warm-up match against Belarus over the weekend, the country's football association announced Monday.

The Kyoto Sanga player will be replaced by Kang Min-Soo, who was cut from the preliminary squad named earlier this month by coach Huh Jung-Moo, the association added.

Huh is due to announce Tuesday the final list of 23 players who will travel to South Africa for the finals this June and July.

The Koreans, who have been training in Austria for the past week, play a last warm-up match against Spain on Thursday in Innsbruck. In the group stage in South Africa, they will face Argentina, Greece and Nigeria.

*Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA.