South Korea manager Paulo Bento has admitted that he is unsure of when Son Heung-min can restart training and admitted that the medical department are taking things ‘day-by-day’ with the Tottenham man.

Son collided with the shoulder of Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba in the first half of Tottenham’s 2-1 win over the Ligue 1 club at the start of November.

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The forward reportedly sustained four separate eye socket fractures as a result of the collision and successfully underwent surgery to fix the problem (The Telegraph).

Son has unsurprisingly been named in South Korea’s 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, with the nation kicking off their World Cup campaign with a clash against Rodrigo Bentancur’s Uruguay on 24 November.

The 30-year-old appears to be in a race against time to be involved in the group stages but there were encouraging signs on Saturday as Son was in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to cheer his teammates on against Leeds United.

Bento has now admitted that there is still uncertainty surrounding when the Spurs star can be back out on the field.

The South Korean boss told Gulf Times about Son: “We are in contact with him, with the Tottenham medical department, but about the exact time, the exact day he can train with the team we don’t have that information yet.

“So we need to wait, we need to analyse day-by-day his situation. We have time to decide and the most important is he recovers as well as possible, he feels comfortable and then we will take the final decision.”

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Given how much it means to Son to play for his country, I would not be surprised if he takes to the field against Ururgway with a protective mask. The forward certainly seemed in excellent spirits on Saturday, which perhaps indicates that he is optimistic about his chances of featuring in Qatar.

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