Tottenham ace Son Heung-min called up by South Korea despite injury
The in-form attacker picked up a muscular injury less than twenty minutes into Tottenham Hotspur’s crucial encounter against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. As a result, Son had to be replaced by Erik Lamela, with Jose Mourinho confirming post match that it was a muscle problem which could be a tricky proposition.
“It’s muscular. Muscular is always not easy … He is a guy who normally recovers very, very well from any kind of injury.”
Despite the injury setback, South Korea manager Paolo Bento has decided to call up the 28-year-old for the upcoming round of fixtures. Bento insisted that the extent of Son’s injury was yet to be determined and he will wait for the test results.
“We will have to wait to find out the extent of his injury and the test result.”
South Korea are scheduled to take on fellow Asian nation Japan in Yokohama on March 25 in a friendly encounter as part of their preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
There had been a lot of controversy surrounding the South Korean national team during the previous international break as a number of players tested positive for coronavirus when they visited Austria last November to play Mexico and Qatar in friendlies. Bento, though, insists no such problems should occur this time out.
“We conducted a thorough safety review and our medical team will be much better prepared than in November. We don’t have much time to train before World Cup qualification and I am just trying to make the best of the situation I have.”
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Clubs do have the option of refusing to send their players to join the national teams according to FIFA Rules provided the footballer needs to be quarantined for a period of more than five days.
Son, however, would not be required to quarantine as he will be returning from a country that is not on the ‘red-list’ of the British government.