By Ben Dinnery

11th Nov, 2022 | 10:00am

Insider questions Antonio Conte after Heung-min Son U-turn at Tottenham

There are still question marks over the fitness of Tottenham star Heung-min Son despite his inclusion in the South Korea World Cup squad.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider

Son has undergone surgery on his face after he suffered an injury during Spurs’ 2-1 win over Marseille earlier this month (1 November).

The 30-year-old revealed on Instagram on Wednesday (9 November) that he would be in South Korea’s World Cup squad.

“In terms of the South Korean football association, the party line was ‘We’ve heard from Spurs and the surgery was a success’,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“Initially the federation were going to release a statement after that surgery to say whether Son was going to be in the World Cup or not. They decided against that.

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“I saw the interview with Antonio Conte and what stuck out to me was that in his own mind he was confident Son would be fit but he also referenced the fact Son was really down and had taken the injury quite hard.

“For me, if the surgery has been a success and the surgeon is telling you you’ll be fine and going to the World Cup it’s a win-win situation.

“They seem a little bit guarded. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.

“It’s never like-for-like but in terms of reference points, Kevin De Bruyne ahead of the Euros in 2021 suffered a similar injury that required surgery and he was back playing without a face mask and scoring for Belgium after 19 days. There’s your marker there.

“It comes down to the individual and the type of fracture which will determine whether Heung-min Son is available or not and whether he needs a protective mask or not. We will see.

“You remain optimistic and hopeful but there are no guarantees at this stage which is why the Korean FA are being a little bit guarded in regards to the information they are choosing to release at this point.”

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