Mauricio Pochettino faces a selection crisis at the start of the season which will be worsened by Heung-Min Son’s participation in the Asian Games.
The South Korean international starred for his country in Russia this summer, scoring a famous goal against Germany which sent the holders crashing out of the competition in the group stage, although he was ultimately unable to save his side from the same fate.
He will once again be on national team duty in August for the start of the Asian Games, which effectively rules him out of a number of Tottenham’s opening Premier League fixtures after their first match against Newcastle, as Sky Sports reports.
Son has established himself as one of the North London side’s most reliable and effective talents during the last few years, making 140 appearances for the club and contributing 47 goals since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.
Spurs had nine players competing in the World Cup semi-finals this summer, more than any other club, which has left many of their first team players – including Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier – due to return from holiday late in order to re-cooperate sufficiently.
The 26-year-old forward will now join the list of those missing in action at the start of the season, as Sky Sports report the club reached a deal with South Korea over his attendance for two upcoming Asian international tournaments.
According to Sky Sports, Son will play in the Far East’s ‘Mini Olympics’ which takes place from August 14 to September 2, but as a compromise will be unavailable for Korea’s Asian Cup two Asian Cup games in January.
Tottenham open their latest Premier League campaign on August 11th against Newcastle and supporters will be hoping that the squad is strong enough to compete for early victories despite the many notable potential absentees.