Heung-Min Son has labelled fatigue an “excuse” amid concerns he won’t be fit enough to play for Tottenham against Liverpool on Saturday.
Earlier this week, reports emerged suggesting Son is unlikely to start against Liverpool at Wembley, a fixture in which he was on the scoresheet last season.
The South Korean has played in eight international matches over the last 26 days, winning gold – and exemption from mandatory military service – at the Asian Games in the process.
On Tuesday, Son produced an unbelievable nutmeg pass in a friendly against Chile, but there are still concerns over his overall fitness after a gruelling schedule with his country.
However, the 26-year-old has now spoken about his reported fatigue, calling it an excuse ahead of a tricky run of fixtures with Spurs both domestically and in Europe.
“I think this summer has been like any other summer, except that I’ve had to travel a little more,” Son said (via ESPN).
“I always tend to play a lot [in summers]. And I am not the only one playing many minutes. Fatigue is an excuse.”
Son scored the second of Tottenham’s four goals in last season’s 4-1 win over Liverpool at the national stadium and will be hoping to play a part this weekend.
Whether his long-term fitness will be risked is another question altogether.