Tottenham bombshell: Star attacker could miss the start of next season - report
By Richard Parks
Son Heung-Min could miss the start of next season after it emerged that South Korea want to select him for the Asian Games, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that Spurs are set to hold talks with sporting chiefs in the country about the possibility of Son missing club matches to play for his country.
It is said that South Korean want the 25-year-old to play as one of three over-age players in an Under-23 squad taking part in the Asian Games from August 18 to September 2.
It would rule him out of the start of next season in what would be a hammer blow to Tottenham given the increasing significance of one the form players in the Premier League.
Of Son’s involvement, South Korea Under-23 coach Hak-Bum Kim said: “I’m going to pick him unless there’s a special situation. I believe there’s not going to be a big problem.”
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Because the tournament is not part of FIFA’s official calendar, clubs are not obliged to release players for it. Tottenham fans will look back to when Son’s former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to let Son link up with his country four years ago for the same tournament and wonder what the fuss is about. ‘We can do exactly the same,’ they will point out. Yet it is more nuanced than that. Son is supposed to begin a mandatory two-year military stint by the age of 28 and could be let off that if he plays in the Asian Games and South Korea triumph. One thing is for sure, Mauricio Pochettino will not be without Son, who has emerged as a bona fide matchwinner who is a headache for every defender who crosses his path. He has scored seven goals in his last four games and 18 times in all this season. It would be a huge blow if he was unavailable.
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has been at the centre of a huge Spurs dressing room bust-up.