Tottenham Hotspur ace Heung-Min Son has decided that he will skip South Korea’s 2018 World Cup qualifier this week to focus on his club career.
Son would have lined up to take on Syria on Tuesday, but he has opted to fly back to London to train with his club teammates, while his international teammates play in Malaysia.
The 24-year-old joined Spurs last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, but was limited to just 13 Premier League starts before being linked with a return to Germany this summer.
However, the transfer deadline came and went with the South Korean international still at White Hart Lane, but his troubles have continued since.
After representing his country at the Olympics in Rio, he missed the first two Premier League games of the season, and was an unused substitute in the draw with Liverpool prior to the international break.
In turn, he is at risk of being pushed back onto the sidelines again this year, with a lack of playing time likely to force him to consider his options again sooner rather than later.
However, he has shown his commitment and desire to be a success in north London by returning from international duty to train with Spurs ahead of their clash with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, instead of remaining with the South Korea camp.
“Tottenham are the team I wanted to join and I know that I have to work hard and play my best,” Son said, as noted by Sky Sports. “I am in good condition and ready to go and play as well as I can.
“I am sorry to my national team-mates and coach but I will support them and hope they get a good result against Syria.”