Son Heung-min doubtful for FIFA World Cup 2022

The South Korean player will undergo rehabilitation

By Web Desk
November 03, 2022
Son Heung-min goes off the field after getting injured — AFP

KARACHI: Tottenham Hotspur's forward Son Heung-min may require surgery to stabilise a fracture near his left eye which is why his participation in the FIFA World Cup 2022 is in doubt.

The 30-year-old was hurt on Tuesday during Tottenham's 2-1 victory against Marseille in the Champions League.

"Following surgery, Son will commence rehabilitation with our medical staff and we shall update supporters further in due course," said a Spurs statement.

On November 24, South Korea will play its opening World Cup match against Uruguay.

Son's operation date and the length of time the former Bayer Leverkusen forward would be out of action have not been announced by Tottenham.

It must be noted that, despite breaking his nose and eye socket in the 2021 Champions League final, Manchester City's playmaker Kevin de Bruyne participated for Belgium in the postponed 2020 European Championship 19 days later.

Son has 104 appearances and 35 goals for his nation, which is in Group H in Qatar with Uruguay, Ghana, and Portugal.

The injury is a setback for Spurs in the near term as they visit Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

The team led by Antonio Conte is currently third in the standings, five points behind leaders Arsenal despite having played one more game. 

Before the World Cup break, they will play away at Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup on November 9 and then host Leeds United at home on November 12.

Son's play has been questioned this season, however on September 17, he scored a hat-trick after replacing another player in the 6-2 victory over Leicester City, and on October 12, he scored twice against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League.