Son Heung-min has admitted he is “so disappointed” to be missing Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax through suspension.
The forward was booked in the second leg of the quarter-finals as Spurs sealed a dramatic aggregate victory over Manchester City.
Son scored three times across the two legs including a brace at the Etihad, but he also picked up a yellow card which will see him miss next week’s meeting with Ajax at Tottenham’s new stadium.
Spurs will have the South Korean back for the return fixture in Amsterdam, but Mauricio Pochettino will rue the absence of the team’s most potent available goal threat.
And Son has spoken of his disappointment ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
“I’m the most positive guy. Of course, I’ll try to be positive, but missing this semi-final makes me so sad,” he said (via the London Evening Standard).
“I’m so disappointed. I’ll probably be more nervous watching in the stands than when I play. But I trust my team, I trust my players and I trust this stadium, so I’m not worried about it. Saturday is more important for me, so I’ll give everything for my team to get three points. And then the Champions League is next.
“I want to play every single game. I enjoy my football and, of course, I want to play the semi-final. It’s the first for this team and myself. As I said, I’m very sad but I am looking forward to watching this unbelievable game in our stadium. I hope I’m going to enjoy it.”
Tottenham supporters will be hoping Son puts his all in against West Ham given that he will have a week off to recover afterwards.
Pochettino’s side must continue to pick up maximum points in the Premier League if they want to comfortably finish in the top four.