“It is one of those things” – Former midfielder on player’s absence from Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Michael Brown has lauded Tottenham forward Son Heung-min for his decision to use the time away from football to complete his mandatory military service.

Tottenham confirmed late last month that they had allowed Son to return home for personal reasons and provided a further update when they announced he will return to London in May once the military service had concluded.

The forward’s management team revealed that the 27-year-old decided to enrol himself in training which is not open to the public to avoid attracting crowds to the site of his training base (Football.London).

Some Spurs fans on social media thought that it was a smart idea for Son use the extended break to complete his service and suggested that it would allow him to maintain his fitness.

Brown agreed that the timing was spot on and felt it would allow the Spurs star to take his mind away from football.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Tottenham midfielder said: “When your country calls you have got to go and do that. National service – it is one of those things.

“If it can be away from football – fantastic. It does not affect the Spurs side.

“There has been uncertainty over personnel because of how many injuries they have had. They will want him on the pitch as much as they can because they are still in that transition period.”

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Given that Son is an elite athlete, I don’t believe he will find the boot camp too challenging. It is certainly an added bonus that Son can almost treat it as a mini pre-season and it will certainly hold him in good stead if the season resumes behind closed doors towards the end of May or mid-June.

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