Date: 13th January 2015 at 1:04pm
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It would be unfair to say that Chung Yong Lee’s month has been nothing but a roller coaster. A week or two ago, Premier League interest looked likely to take the Korean winger away from the Macron, leaving Bolton Wanderers with much needed transfer funds.

He went off to the Asia cup, as a helpless and disappointed Neil Lennon had to assemble his Bolton side without its main creative force, and fingers were crossed that he’d return from the competition unscathed.

Interest from Crystal Palace, reportedly hotted, as new manager Alan Pardew was lining up a bid of over a million pounds for the midfielder. However, Lee was stretchered off, following a challenge in Korea’s 1-0 win over Oman.

The injury is reportedly a hairline fracture to his shin, though little has been officially revealed. This injury could see Lee out for weeks, which would most certainly ward off interest from team’s looking for someone to make an immediate impact.

Many Bolton fans have welcomed the news, in as an unsadistic way as possible, hoping that the removed Premier League interest would encourage him to sign a new contract.

Others are disappointed that Bolton will not be able to get the much-needed money, and were banking on his replacement being of the calibre of Nick Powell or Kris Commons, whose mentions excited fans.

It really is a difficult, and ongoing, situation and I guess all we can hope for is the best for the club, and we also wish Chung well in whatever he does in the near future.

I guess this situation could end up similarly to that of Max Clayton at Crewe last year, which saw him injured and refusing to sign a contract (best decision of his life, as now he’s at Bolton), though Crewe only received compensation for him due to his age.

We’d get nothing for Lee if he rejected a contract, all that would happen would be that we’d lose our best player and thousands of Korean fans.

 

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