Attacker apologises to teammates

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The Independent has reported that Heung-min Son has apologised to his teammates in advance for a scheduled absence from Tottenham duties to his involvement in the Asian Games. The paper goes on to state that Son will be available for Tottenham’s first game of the 2018/19 campaign away to Newcastle at St James’ Park, before joining up with South Korea in Indonesia. Son may miss PL games against Fulham, Manchester United and Watford.

Before Spurs’ 1-0 win against AC Milan in Minneapolis, Son said: “I feel sorry because Tottenham is my team and I feel very sorry for my team-mates and coaching staff, but I am playing for my country and that is also important … honestly I feel very sorry about that. We are going there to win something and winning trophies for my country is always good. I am going there to win something, to win games. I don’t travel there for nothing.”

Victory in the Asian Games could offer Son a reprieve from duty doing 21 months of military service, which is mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean males before the age of 28. Asked if this was a factor in his decision to commit to the Games, he said: “We can talk about this afterwards”.

South Korea’s failed to reach the knockout stages of this year’s World Cup finals in Russia. Son said “I was disappointed a little bit but we finished well against Germany. Our country was happy because they were No.1 in the FIFA rankings and the defending World Cup champions. For me, it’s always a bit disappointing because I expect more than the group stage. I wanted to stay longer than we did. But it was a good experience to play at the World Cup and I look forward to playing in another in four years.”

The Asian Games is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The 2018 Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September 2018.

Son, 26, is a fan favourite. Last season he scored 12 goals in the PL and provided 6 assists. He can is quick-footed and can mesmerise defences.

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Brian has been a Spurs supporter from around 1960, so was there for the double, the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. He admits to having cried when Spurs lost to Benfica in the 1962 European Cup Semi-final and to times when he could weep when watching Spurs for the past few years (but for very different reasons). Brian has been lucky enough to see greats such as Jimmy Greaves, Pat Jennings, Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne. During the 60s, 70s and 80s Spurs won at least one domestic trophy and one European trophy each decade (with those wonderful all white strip floodlit games). It has taken Brian more than 20 years to realise that may take a while to come back, but hope lives on.

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