West Bromwich Albion midfielder Do-Heon Kim will be available for the start of the Barclays Premier League season after not being included in the Korean squad for the Beijing Olympics.
Albion are already resigned to being without summer signing Gianni Zuiverloon, who will be part of the Holland squad, for the opener at Arsenal. And there were fears Kim would also be required by his country, but the playmaker has missed out on selection.
It is a big boost for the Baggies as Kim has been one of his club's most impressive players during the pre-season build-up.
West Brom assistant manager Mark Venus said: "We've already lost one player to the Olympics and if we're being selfish then we are glad Kim is staying here.
"We would have understood if that wasn't the case but it's good for us that he's staying here, can train with us, show the manager his talent and get ready for the Premier League.
"You can see the quality he's got on the ball and he's still adapting to the pace of English football but it's about the team getting used to him and him getting used to the team.
"Once that happens and he gels he will be a good player and addition to this football club."
Venus added: "When Kim came here we knew he had talent. It's not easy for these kind of players to adapt to English football but he has a great attitude.
"He competes, he does everything right so we are pleased he's getting up to speed and is working hard in pre-season.
"I think the Premier League will suit him more than the Championship because the game is more spread out and more technical. If he keeps playing as well as he is then he will give the manager a nice problem."