In what comes as a boost to Tottenham Hotspur, Football Asian have reported that Son Heung-min has not been called up for South Korea’s international friendlies in January.

The congested international calendar has already wreaked havoc this season and Tottenham have certainly borne the brunt of it.

The North London club were without Davinson Sanchez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero for ten days back in September as they had to isolate upon their return from South America.

The Argentine duo then picked up injuries while on international duty in November, with Romero still continuing to recover from his hamstring problem.

With the African Cup of Nations kicking off next month, several Premier League clubs are expected to be without key players but Tottenham will not be affected since none of their first-team players are taking part in the tournament.

Spurs have now received another boost with the news that Son will not be joining up with the South Korean squad for their international friendlies against Iceland and Moldova on January 15 and January 21 respectively.

Football Asian have explained that the Korea Football Association have only called up players from the K-League for the two friendlies, with European-based stars including Son, Hwang Ui-jo, and Hwang Hee-chan not part of the 26-man squad.

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While it is one thing for players to play competitive qualifiers, it makes little sense to call them up for international friendlies, given the packed fixture schedule over the next few months. Conte will be delighted that Son will not be travelling to play Iceland and Moldova.

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