As every Tottenham fan will be aware, the club gave permission to Heung-Min Son earlier this summer to play in the Asia games with South Korea.
Taking part in the contest could mean that he is away from as many as four Premier League games, however, if his team come away as champions, Son will be exempt from military duty in his home country.
In short, a month away from the Tottenham first team could avoid two years away further down the line.
South Korea got off to a blistering start, netting six past Bahrain in their opening fixture, however a shock 1-0 defeat to Malaysia turned the group on its head.
Despite Son scoring the only goal in a one nil win over Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Malaysia still finished top of the group on head to head rules.
Korea will now be forced to play Iran, a team they have not beaten in their last nine attempts.
Iran sit 32nd in the world rankings, with South Korea 25 places below on 57th.
The clash takes place on August 23, meaning that, if knocked out, Son would have time to fly back to London and train in time for the Manchester United game on the 27th.
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