Heung-min Son has given the media an update on his fitness and injury situation after arriving in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup with South Korea. 

It looked to be touch and go for Son at one point after he went down clutching his face in Tottenham’s Champions League match against Marseille. The winger had to be substituted and it was later revealed that he had fractured his eye socket in four places (Telegraph).

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Fortunately, surgery was organised rather quickly for the South Korean star and he went under the knife earlier this month to give him the best chance of a speedy recovery. And the surgery itself went well, meaning Son made the South Korea squad for the winter World Cup.

The Tottenham man was pictured in training today wearing a protective mask over his face, and he gave the media an update on the situation. While he confirmed the surgery went well, he fell short of assuring fans he would be able to play every match in Qatar.

He told the media (Football Daily): “I have been playing without missing any matches until the winter season. I have been resting only for the last 10 days, so this has been an opportunity to refresh my condition.

“Going through a surgery can ruin your body but I was told that my surgery went very well. I am still recovering but there shouldn’t be any problems.

“Before [arriving in Qatar] I went through training as I usually have. So the first training session felt just like the training [back in Tottenham]. The team [Spurs] and the national squad have been communicating about my condition and this helped me going through the first training here.

“I came here despite the fact that I am injured and fully aware that there is always a risk of getting hurt. It’s difficult to say that ‘I will play in every match’. I would like to update you after monitoring my condition day by day and step by step.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I imagine that Son will indeed start every game for South Korea, although I doubt we will see him going up for too many headers during the tournament. That kind of injury is bound to play on your mind for a little while until it has completely healed.

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