Son Heung-min optimistic about World Cup hopes after surgery
Tottenham star Son Heung-min will soon have surgery to repair a broken cheekbone, putting his World Cup status at risk.
The South Korea international suffered the nasty injury during the first half of his club’s UEFA Champions League match against Marseille on Tuesday. Spurs went on to win the game and finish top of their Champions League group.
Son collided with Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba about halfway through the first half. Mbemba’s shoulder went into Son’s head as they both attempted an aerial challenge.
The Spurs forward was obviously in pain, as he stayed down on the pitch for some time. He eventually got to his feet and walked off of the field; however, Son wobbled and needed help staying in a straight line as he entered the tunnel.
Daily Mail previously reported that Son potentially broke the zygomatic bone on the left side of Son’s face. The outlet claimed that the star was undergoing tests to reveal the damage. Spurs later confirmed the broken bone.
“We can confirm that Son Heung-min will undergo surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye,” an official Spurs announcement read. “Following surgery, Son will commence rehabilitation with our medical staff and we shall update supporters further in due course.”
Son Heung-min World Cup status in question
Son will certainly miss Sunday’s massive matchup against Liverpool in London. However, it remains to be seen just how long the 30-year-old forward will be out of action. After the Liverpool game, Spurs have two more matches before the World Cup break.
South Korea also have a friendly fixture set for Friday, Nov. 11. While his country surely won’t rush Son back for the friendly, it will be race to get their superstar back in time for the World Cup. Nevertheless, there are hopes inside the camp that he will be available during the competition. South Korea’s first game of the tournament is on Thursday, Nov. 24, against Uruguay.
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