South Korea knocked out of Asia Cup – What this means for Heung Min Son’s return

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Dom Le Roy

South Korea were knocked out of the Asia Cup this afternoon as they took on Qatar in the quarter finals.

Heung Min Son captained his country but could not prevent his side from experiencing a surprise early exit.

South Korea won gold at the Asia Games in the summer, and were one of the favourites to scoop up the trophy at this year’s Asia Cup too.

They started well, beating both the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan before their captain showed up for duty.

Tottenham had an agreement with South Korea that Son would be allowed to miss the first two group games to concentrate on club football.

Sonny then captained his side to a win against China to cap off South Korea’s 100% group record, before defeating Bahrain in the last 16 after extra time.

However, Qatar proved to be one step too far for the Asia Games champions, which is bad news for South Korea, but excellent news for Spurs.

This means that Sonny will now fly back home to London, and will hopefully be available for their next Premier League game against Watford on Wednesday night.

It is unlikely Pochettino will pick him to play in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Welcome home, Sonny.

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