Son Heung-min has apologised to Tottenham’s supporters, his teammates and the coaching staff ahead of yet another spell away from the club on international duty.
After Spurs play against Manchester United at Wembley in the Premier League on January 13, Son will join up with the South Korea squad at the Asian Cup.
The 26-year-old missed the beginning of the club season to play for his country at the Asian Games, where he won a gold medal and earned exemption from mandatory military service.
As part of an agreement between Tottenham and South Korea, Son will miss the Asian Games group stages, which take place in the first half of January.
The forward has been in exceptional form this term and scored his 11th goal of the season against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
After the game, Son apologised to the Spurs fans, as well as his teammates and the coaching staff, ahead of his imminent departure.
“Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September,” Son said (via ESPN).
“I feel sorry for my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff. It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”
Tottenham face Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup on Friday night. Mauricio Pochettino might call on Son as often as possible before he leaves, so he could start.