Son Heung-Min has been spared an untimely international call up, but at a potential price.
South Korea coach Uli Stielike has left Son out of the games against Lebanon on March 24th and Thailand on the 27th, to allow Son rest ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Liverpool on April 2nd.
It’s a calculated move by Stielike, as they look to include Son in their squad for the Olympics in August.
“We’ve asked Tottenham to make Son available for the Olympics as a wild card, and in exchange, we offered not to select him for matches in March.
“Tottenham are in a battle for the Premier League title and they have UEFA Europa League matches remaining. But since our association is being considerate of the club, we hope they will give us a positive response.”
If Son were to represent his country at the Olympics in Rio he’d miss Spurs’ pre-season preparations and potentially the start of the Premier League campaign. He’s said to be keen to feature in the Olympics, with any South Korean medalist becoming exempt from their otherwise compulsory military service.