Ki Sung-yueng reveals when he'll be ready to play for Newcastle

Ki Sung-yueng
Ki Sung-yueng

Ki Sung-yueng's confident he'll be close to full fitness for the start of the Premier League season.

The midfielder joined Newcastle United on a free transfer this week after being released by relegated Swansea City.

Ki missed South Korea's final World Cup group game against Germany with a calf injury.

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However, the problem is not serious, and Ki believes he will be able to hit the ground running when he returns to Tyneside later this month ahead of the club's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur on August 11.

"It's not a serious problem," said the 29-year-old, who returned to his homeland for a holiday after completing the move.

"It's not a tear, just a little strain. I got knocked from Mexico's players at the end of the game. I couldn't play because of the short period until the Germany game. Now I can train. There's not a problem.

"I need some rest now to recover from the national team, because I had one month preparation after the season.

"When I come back from holidays, I have to be ready 100% mentally and physically. I will do some work in Korea while on holiday. I have two weeks to prepare for the first game. Maybe I can't be 100%, but I should be almost 100%."

Ki's move to Newcastle was completed inside two days after South Korea were eliminated from the World Cup.

Asked about the move, Ki said: "It took two days. I'm thankful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play for such a great club. I'm really looking forward to it.

"There was no hesitation when I had a first offer from the club. It was very quick decision. I know this club has big ambitions and I know all the players I've played against."