T1 star Faker recently injured his arm. According to the organization’s head coach, he will now return to playing League of Legends for the first time and training for his team, which has not been performing well since his departure.
Korean mid-laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has not been actively playing for some time now because he injured his arm and as most people know, arms and hands are absolutely essential for esports. He has been resting his arm for 2 weeks now, and has had problems with it for a month.
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At the moment it is unclear when the player will be fully healed and ready to play again. Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong, the former head coach of T1, stated that Faker will be out for a while. Whether we will still see him on stage this month is questionable.
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According to an official statement from T1, the 27-year-old Korean player has developed discomfort in his right arm and hand. During his break, T1 Faker is undergoing physiotherapy treatments and participating in rehabilitation programs. Prior to the announcement, the professional player underwent examinations, including X-rays and MRI scans, which revealed no significant abnormalities.
To replace the midlaner while he recovers from his right hand injury, 17-year-old player Yoon “Poby” Sung-won has been selected to replace Faker.
Faker is reportedly scheduled to begin individual training this week
Last week at the press conferences after the games against Dplus and Nongshim RedForce, T1’s current head coach Im “Tom” Jae-hyeon was rather evasive when asked about the current status of Faker’s recovery. He explained that the star player will not be rushed back, but did not rule out the possibility that he might be called into action sometime this week already.
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“He did not play in the solo cue this week, but focused fully on his treatment,” said head coach Tom.
Next week he will train individually and check the condition of his arm and wrist. If it looks like he will be able to play to some extent, the team will make an announcement.”
“His condition could worsen when he starts training. So it’s best to wait and see.” T1 has a 1-3 record without Faker, with losses to Gen.G, Dplus and DRX. With a record of 7-5, they are currently in fifth place in the LCK Summer Rankings, tied with fourth-place Hanwha Life Esports. Many fans are worried about the team, because without their well-known star player Faker, they suddenly didn’t look so glamorous.