Son Heung-min has apologised to his Tottenham teammates about his suspension for the opening two games of the new campaign.
The South Korean was sent off in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth in May and subsequently missed the 2-2 draw with Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.
He will also be banned for Tottenham’s first two matches of the 2019/20 campaign against Aston Villa at home and Manchester City away.
The 26-year-old’s absence comes as a huge blow to his team’s chances of getting something at the Etihad given that he scored three goals across the two Champions League semi-final legs last term.
Speaking to Spurs’ official website, Son apologised to his teammates but insisted he is excited for the first match against Villa.
“It will be a very exciting game for us and Villa as well,” Son said. “We’ll look forward to playing our first game of the new season at our new stadium. That will be a special day.
“Obviously I’m suspended. That’s tough for me because I want to play every game and I’m sorry for the team because I’ll miss two games.”
Son’s unavailability means Harry Kane and Lucas Moura will probably start up front in August, with Dele Alli providing support behind them.
It’s unclear whether Christian Eriksen will still be a Tottenham player at that time, but it’s likely Maruciio Pochettino will have two or three new signings at his disposal for selection.