Son Heung-min could miss the opening weeks of Tottenham’s 2018/19 campaign if he is called up to play for South Korea at the Asian Games, according to the London Evening Standard.
Spurs aren’t required to release players for tournament, which takes place between August 18th and September 2nd, as it is not part of FIFA’s official calendar.
But Son is likely to take part as his participation could allow him to avoid military service.
South Korean athletes face a complicated situation in which they must serve in the military for two years before the age of 28.
However, the South Korean government has allowed goal-medal winners to excuse themselves from service in the past. Apparently success at the Asian Games will be enough for Son to be exempt.
I won’t pretend to know more than the little I do about the system in Son’s country, but I do know this: Tottenham will be keen for the 26-year-old to avoid too much time away considering his recent form.
Son has scored seven goals in his last four appearances in all competitions and is set to play a central attacking role during Harry Kane’s absence through injury.
He’ll be fit and ready for the new season, so what difference does it make to Spurs if he plays for South Korea for three weeks at most at the very start of it? Spurs supporters will wish him well.
Absolutely, he should go with our blessing.