Five Korea Republic players the Socceroos must be wary of

There's plenty of quality in this Korea Republic outfit

While South Korea's Premier League duo Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yeung will both be missing against the Socceroos on Saturday, there are still a number of quality players Australia must be ready to handle.

From attackers in superb club form to a returning veteran, Korea Republic will offer a stern early test for Graham Arnold's new-look green and gold side.

Here are five Korea Republic players to watch...

  1. #1 Hwang Uijo

    The 26-year-old striker has been in red-hot form for J-League club Gamba Osaka scoring in six consecutive league games to bring his goal tally to a respectable 15 for the season.

    Used as a wild card at the Asian Games in September, Uijo was key in Korea Republic securing gold as he scored an impressive nine goals across seven games to see him end the tournament as top scorer. 

    That form continued last month for the senior side as he struck in a 2-1 friendly win against Uruguay

    While still establishing himself in Korea Republic's first-team with only two goals to date, the attacker will be desperate to prove he's ready to make his mark against the Socceroos.  

  2. #2 Moon Seon-min

    With a number of wingers missing, this is Seon-min's chance to shine and his club form suggests he capable of doing just that.

    The 26-year-old has chalked up 13 goals and six assists this season for Incheon United.

    Having started two games for Korea Republic at the World Cup in Russia, Seon-min looks set to build upon the nine appearances and one goal he has for his country to date.

    Has the speed and technical ability to ask serious questions of Australia's defence. 

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    #3 Lee Chung-yong

    Despite being Korea Republic's most experienced player with 79 caps, Chung-yong missed the final cut for the 2018 World Cup and will have a point to prove against Australia

    After seeing his game time limited with Crystal Palace last season, the 30-year-old winger has moved to Germany with Vfl Bochum - the home of Socceroo Robbie Kruse.

    With seven appearances to his name, Chung-yong is getting back into the groove of regular football but might lack a cutting edge in front of goal having not scored in over two years for club and country. 

  4. #4 Jung Seung-Hyun

    The Kashima Antlers centre-back is riding high right now after claiming the AFC Champions League last week.

    Seung-Hyun started both legs of the final against Persepolis and played his part in keeping consecutive clean sheets which saw Kashima triumph 2-0 on aggregate.

    Just 24, he is still establishing himself in this Korea Republic side but has proven at club level he's ready to handle the pressure of international football.

  5. #5 Jo Hyeon-Woo

    Originally considered Korea Republic's thrid-choice keeper at the World Cup, Hyeon-Woo's superior height saw him thrust into the spotlight in Russia and he more than stepped up.

    Was widely named man of the match after playing a crucial hand in securing an upset 2-0 victory over Germany in their final group game. 

    Hyeon-Woo also played his part in Korea Republic's recent Asian Games triumph and is a strong chance of retaining his spot between the sticks against the Socceroos.

    The 27-year-old has spent his entire career with Daegu, who currently sit mid-table in the K-League.