While playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Son Heung-min suffered a fractured eye socket that led to his being omitted from the 26-man South Korean squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Having been knocked out by Uruguay in 2010 in the Round of 16, South Korea will be hoping to reach the knockout stages this year.
After Son confirmed his fitness to play for the Koreans, who would be making their seventh World Cup appearance in a row, head coach Paulo Bento named Son to the squad.
After revealing his team on Saturday, Bento told reporters, “We are in conversation with him, with the Tottenham medical department, but we don’t have any information regarding the actual time, the exact day he can practice with the club.”
Therefore, we must monitor his condition constantly. “We have time to decide, but most importantly, he must recover painlessly and quickly.” Then, and only then, will we make our final choice
Son, who had surgery to repair the damage, has said that, if required, he will use a protective mask while playing in Qatar.
Bento remarked, “Even if we play at a high level, we will have many issues since the other side has incredibly talented and potent squads.” The Koreans began their Group H campaign against Uruguay on November 24, followed by Ghana on November 28, and Portugal on December 2.