Faker’s condition has been updated by T1 head coach Im ‘Tom’ Jae-hyeon as he continues to heal from the arm injury.
After admitting that he had been playing despite discomfort due to an arm issue that started in the June 17 match against BRION, the LCK player has been sidelined from competition since the beginning of the month.
Although Bae ‘Bengi’ Seong-woong, the team’s previous head coach, stated that the player would need to rest for at least two weeks, T1 did not specify a timeline for his return to action.
Updates on Faker’s arm injury
The earliest game that Faker may play in again is rumoured to be week 7 series versus Hanwha Life Esport on July 21. However, there was no assurance that he would be able to overcome the issue and return to competition in just two weeks.
Tom, who recently took over Bengi as head coach, stated in the interview after the team’s victory over Nongshim RedForce on July 14 that the team still does not know when Faker would be able to resume playing.
“Bengi said two weeks, but I think we need to talk more about it,”
“I think Faker will need more time to come back”
“If his condition improves, he will compete, but for now, the condition of his wrist comes first. We’ll have to see how he plays next week. I can’t talk about it right now.”
The T1 mid-laner status is unknown, but it is obvious that he won’t be sent back into playing just yet.
After last week’s disheartening losses to DRX and Gen.G, the team turned things around by defeating Nongshim 2-0, putting on a strong performance that shows they can at least hold their own until Faker returns.
T1 and Dplus both have a 7-4 record going into their match on Sunday, and T1 is now fourth in the LCK Summer rankings. Hopefully, with the absence of Faker, T1 can still climb up the ladder.