Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son continues his recovery from an eye injury, but according to his South Korea teammate Son Jun-ho, the Spurs player is still in pain despite showing some promising signs.

It was touch and go as to whether Son would make South Korea’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Qatar, after he suffered a fractured eye socket during Spurs’ win over Marseille in the final group game of this year’s Champions League (Telegraph).

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The 30-year-old underwent surgery which proved to be successful (The Telegraph) and was ultimately able to be included in the 26-man squad for Paulo Bento’s side at the World Cup.

It still remains to be seen whether Son will be able to feature in South Korea’s opening game against Uruguay today, but things are looking up. Son has been spotted wearing a protective eye mask and has taken part in training on international duty (Mirror).

He has even been spotted heading the ball for the first time since his injury (YNA), which offers hope that the South Korea captain will be able to play sooner rather than later. Son will be keen to add to his 105 caps and 35 goals for his country (Transfermarkt) on the world stage.

Now, Son’s international teammate Son Jun-ho has spoken on the Spurs striker’s condition in a chat with YNA, where he claims there is still some pain for his captain despite the progress he has made.

He said: “Heung-min said he hadn’t yet headed the ball after his injury, so he asked me to toss him a few. So I did, and he did pretty well.”

“There’s clearly still pain there, though, but that shouldn’t hold Son back. He said he was still hurting, but I know he’s such a determined guy. Once he’s in the game, he’s going to forget about his pain and play.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The World Cup is a huge occasion for so many players, especially the captains of the international sides, so it’s highly likely Heung-min Son will play through the pain and lead his side out against Uruguay. I would be very surprised if he isn’t on the pitch.

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