Kim Hee-jin (32), the star of women’s professional volleyball at IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, undergoes surgery on her right knee and starts a long rehabilitation.
IBK Industrial Bank said on the 27th, “Kim Hee-jin underwent meniscus surgery on her right knee today. Her rehabilitation is expected to take about a year.”
Kim Hee-jin suffered from knee pain from the beginning of this season. Based on the results of her hospital treatment, she played in 28 games in the 2022-2023 season while continuing her workouts under the management of the club, including strength training and rehabilitation.
However, the condition of her knee could not be endured with her fighting spirit alone. Kim Hee-jin herself did her best for her team, colleagues and fans, but decided to have surgery before the injury worsened.
IBK Industrial Bank said, “We plan to support the player as much as possible for Kim Hee-jin’s speedy return.” 메이저사이트
IBK Industrial Bank is currently in 6th place among the 7 women’s clubs with 13 wins and 18 losses and 41 points. The gap between 3rd place KGC Ginseng Corporation (49 points) and 4th place Korea Expressway Corporation (48 points) widens so much that it is impossible to advance to spring volleyball on your own even if you win all the remaining 5 regular league games.
In addition, the operation of the 6th round game became more difficult as even the native ace Kim Hee-jin was out of the season due to surgery. IBK Industrial Bank of Korea emphasized, “We plan to use various players to show off the performance that can completely fill the void of Kim Hee-jin,” but a weakening of power is inevitable.
It will depend on the progress of the surgery and the speed of rehabilitation, but the point at which Kim Hee-jin can return to the court during the 2023-2024 season is expected to be at least the end of the 4th round.
While IBK Industrial Bank’s challenge to enter the postseason was virtually frustrated, the plan for the next season’s power plan was also forced to suffer from Kim Hee-jin’s departure.