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Hwang Ui-jo, who played for Norwich City. Norwich City website
Hwang Ui-jo, a national striker who has recently caused controversy over his personal life, has returned to his original club, Nottingham Forest in the English Premier League (EPL), after an early loan from Norwich City in the English Championship League (EFL).
The Nottingham club officially announced on the 9th that "Hwang Ui-jo and Alex Myton returned from loan and joined the team."
Hwang joined Nottingham ahead of the 2022-2023 season and immediately went on loan to Olympiacos (Greece), but failed to secure a chance to play. After that, he played on loan at FC Seoul for a short period of six months.
Hwang Ui-jo, who returned to his original team Nottingham in the 2023-2024 season, seemed to have a chance to play in the pre-season, but he moved to Norwich City in the second division of England in August last year on loan. Despite ups and downs including injuries, Hwang Ui-jo appeared in 18 games for Norwich City for five months, scoring three goals and one assist.
Hwang Ui-jo signed a loan deal with Norwich until the end of this season, but quickly completed the deal with four months left at the end of the season. Norwich are said to be recognizing a new striker as Hwang Ui-jo recently suffered a hamstring injury and could not play for nearly four to six weeks.
After announcing Hwang's return to his original club, Norwich said, "We thank Hwang for his hard work and dedication over the past few months. I wish him all the best."
Nottingham is in tough competition to rank in the EPL this season. It has five wins, five draws and one loss (20 points), ranking 15th out of the 20 teams. It is also close to Luton Town, which is ranked 18th in the relegation zone, with 15 points.
The return to Nottingham is not welcome for Hwang Ui-jo. Nottingham is in the first division, but Hwang Ui-jo does not have a place to play. In fact, Hwang Ui-jo did not play a game for Nottingham until he was loaned to Norwich City.
Nottingham has a solid lineup of strikers this season including Chris Wood (seven goals), Tywer Hourini and Antony Elanga (four goals or more). Even if Hwang returns from injury, it will not be easy to get a chance to play.
Meanwhile, Hwang Ui-jo is under police investigation for illegally filming his sexual relationship with his ex-lover. The Korea Football Association decided not to select Hwang until a clear conclusion is reached by the investigative agency after forming a discussion body. Jürgen Klinsmann, the German national team coach, also supported Hwang in the early stages of the incident, but did not select him as the finalist for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in accordance with the association's decision.
Wednesday, January 10, 2024