Report: Tottenham star facing major first team absence - can avoid bombshell on one condition
Tottenham attacker Heung-Min Son could avoid carrying out his mandatory military service by performing successfully in either the World Cup or Asian Games this summer, according to a report.
Goal.com claim that the 25-year-old is facing the prospect of a two-year absence from football as a result of his country’s compulsory conscription, with men aged 18-35 forced to serve 24 months with the military.
It is said that while the usual accepted exemptions are only given to those with disabilities, either physical or mental, there is the possibility for Son to find himself excluded from being called up as a result of his athletic performances.
The report states that winning a gold medal at either the Olympics or the Asian Cup would grant him immunity from the full two years, while there is also hope that an impressive showing at the World Cup could also do the same, as was the case with the 2002 squad, who finished fourth.
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While the 51million population of South Korea will be cheering on their side this summer at both footballing events, the country may well just have an extra following in north London. Son has established himself as a star for Spurs and just as his involvement for the club has seen South Koreans take an interest in the Lilywhites, Tottenham fans will keeping an eye on just how he gets on with his country. Losing him for two years would be a massive bombshell for Mauricio Pochettino, and the club will be working out every possible way to get him to avoid being called up. Hopefully for Spurs his massive exposure overseas gets him out of military action.
In other Tottenham news, the club have been handed a major boost in their hopes of keeping a key man this summer.