Hwang Hee-chan injury: Gary O’Neil issues update after Wolves beat Brighton | Football

Hwang Hee-chan is now sidelined due to a hamstring injury (Wolves via Getty)

Gary O’Neil admits he would be ‘amazed’ if Hwang Hee-chan is available for Wolves’ Premier League clash against Newcastle United this weekend.

The South Korea international was forced off in the second half of Wolves’ 1-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday evening.

Hwang suffered an injury during the warm-up before Wolves’ 1-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend but was able to start the game and play for 85 minutes.

However, the 28-year-old lasted less than an hour of Wolves’ FA Cup tie due to a hamstring problem and is now a major doubt for his side’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday.

‘It was a tough team to pick because obviously Channy has felt his hamstring a little bit, which for a squad as small as this, especially in that area of the pitch, is a disaster,’ Wolves manager O’Neil said after his side’s win against Brighton on Wednesday night.

Hwang Hee-Chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers leaves the field

Hwang Hee-chan was forced off during Wolves’ win over Brighton in the FA Cup due to a hamstring injury (Shutterstock)

‘But I’m trying to pick the right ones to play and the right ones to rest meant it was a tough couple of days for us.

‘Channy’s [injury] doesn’t look too serious, but I’d be amazed if he plays at the weekend.

‘The lads who came in, I thought Doc was excellent defensively, very, very good, Tommy Doyle was very good, Bellegarde caused them some problems, although he started to tire and lose his quality a little bit towards the end, but caused them some problems, so delighted that we were able to change it and still win the game because winning the game was the most important thing.

‘We’re a small group and we can’t afford to just keep injuring people, so we needed to be clever. But apart from Channy, we managed to get through ok.’

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