Heung-min Son has revealed what it was like to undertake his three weeks of military service for his country.
The 27-year-old returned to South Korea during lockdown to complete his mandatory military service and has admitted how much he missed his Spurs team-mates.
Son had only recently recovered from the fractured arm which he picked up during the 3-2 win over Aston Villa in February (Independent).
However, he took the opportunity during lockdown provided to complete his three weeks of military service while the football season was suspended.
“This is my life. Football is my life, what I enjoy most. Especially when you can’t see each other… it’s just painful. I was thinking everyone should be healthy, stay safe, that’s the most important thing, but, for me, it was also a bit painful, not seeing my friends, not training with the guys and not being able to enjoy football,” he told Football.London.
“I was excited to then get back to training because I missed the group. I don’t know how the other players felt, but I missed them! It was a very special feeling. To come back with the players, with a smile – it’s an amazing feeling.
The winger revealed he also missed the Tottenham fans, and not having his mobile phone left him unable to connect with the North London faithful but was greeted with thousands of posts following the conclusion of the military service.
“I’m missing the fans, too. I didn’t have a phone when I was at my military service for three weeks but as soon as I came off, they were very happy.
“I couldn’t even see all the messages, I was so happy to see them and what they posted. I’m really grateful how they’ve supported me from the other side. I try to be ready, try to be sharp and on the pitch, I will try to do the best for you guys,” Son added.
Since the return of Premier League football, Son has played all 180 minutes of football against Manchester United and West Ham (Transfermarkt).
The South Korean had a first-half goal against West Ham disallowed for offside but later provided Harry Kane with an assist for Tottenham’s second of the night.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is great to see players who understand the value of the fans. Son may not necessarily be the most active on social media but coming from a country like South Korea, it is clear he understands and appreciates the huge support he receives from around the world.
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