Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung Omitted From South Korea Squad

Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung has been omitted from the latest South Korea squad, allowing him extra time to prepare for the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

South Korea take on Paraguay in Seoul in a friendly on August 12 but coach Huh Jung-Moo has decided not to call-up the former PSV Eindhoven man.

Having already returned to pre-season training late following his World Cup commitments, Park may well have missed United's opening two fixtures against Birmingham City and Burnley had he travelled with the rest of his national squad.

With South Korea's place in next year's World Cup in South Africa already assured, Huh has recognised the importance of Park remaining in Manchester next week.

"There is a full list of fixtures and [Manchester United] have made new signings so the start of the season is very important for Park," the South Korea coach told the Press Association.

United have only recently returned home following their participation in the Audi Cup, where they lost out to Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.

The Red Devils take on Valencia in a friendly at Old Trafford on Wednesday before meeting Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

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