Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Heung-min Son has now left the squad to link up with the South Korean squad ahead of their participation in the Asian Games.
Although the focus of the tournament in Indonesia is on the Under-23 age range, each country can pick three players above this age, of which Son is one.
If South Korea win the competition, there is a chance the 26-year-old would be exempt from his 21-month stint of military service, mandatory for all able-bodied males up to the age of 28.
Spurs had initially sought to keep Son back until August 18, for the match against Fulham at Wembley.
Spurs later relented, striking a deal that rules Son out of South Korea’s Asian Cup games on January 7 and 11 against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, as well as an international friendly in November.
Son will now miss the matches against Fulham and Manchester United, but should be back to face Liverpool in our curtain raiser at the new stadium.
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