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Ki gets the all clear for debut


07:00 28th August 2012

. . . midfielder all set for Tykes test

New record signing Ki Sung-Yueng is set to make his Swans debut at the Liberty Stadium tonight after receiving international clearance late this afternoon.

The South Korean midfielder, who signed a three-year contract from Celtic last week for an undisclosed fee, will now come into consideration for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Barnsley (7.45pm).

The 23-year-old, who becomes the most expensive footballer in South Korean history, trained with the squad for the first time on Monday.

“I remember playing here for Celtic and the Swansea fans made a lot of noise,’’ said Ki. “This is a lovely stadium and I can’t wait to get out there and be a part of the team.’’

Ki, who received a great reception from the Jack Army before last Saturday’s Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham, started his career at FC Seoul after spending four years in Australia, and was named the Asian Young Footballer of the Year in 2009.

He caught the attention of a number of top clubs in Europe, and eventually joined Celtic in January 2010.

Named the Korean FA’s footballer of the year in 2011, he starred in his nation’s third-place finish in the London Olympics, where he played against new team-mates Neil Taylor and Scott Sinclair.

Tickets are still available for tonight second round tie, priced £15 for adults and £7 concession.

There are also three loyalty points available for Jack Army members.

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