South Korea's fringe get last chance to shine

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's fringe players will have their last chance to impress coach Huh Jung-moo and win themselves a ticket to the World Cup in the warm-up game against Belarus in Austria on Saturday.

Huh must reduce his squad to 23 players before the June 1 deadline and will make the final three cuts after the friendly in Kufstein, the Yonhap news agency reported from the team's training camp in the Austrian Alps.

"I will utilize the game as the last opportunity to review the capacity of my players even if it may not be recognized as an international A match," Huh told reporters.

Their final pre-tournament match against European champions Spain on June 4 will provide a better test of their credentials than the match against Belarus, in which Huh plans to play mainly reserves.

Prolific domestically-based striker Lee "Lion King" Dong-gook, who was injured in the Ecuador match, is still a concern and is unlikely to feature, Huh said.

"He is recovering at a moderate pace, but the medical team is cautious as his hamstring can be strained if he uses a sudden burst of speed," he added.

The Koreans open their campaign against Greece on June 12 and also face Nigeria and Argentina in opening round Group B.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Beijing; Editing by Ian Ransom)