Medical expert salutes 'incredible' Son after 'huge' Tottenham news in last 24 hours
Heung-Min Son’s availability record is “incredible” and he should return to action for Tottenham by the end of the month.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Son has not been seen since playing the full 90 minutes in Spurs’ 2-0 League Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday of last week (5 January).
Manager Antonio Conte later revealed that the South Korean superstar had felt pain in his leg but elected to play on.
And as quoted by football.london on Tuesday (11 January), the Spurs boss admitted Son would miss the clash against Arsenal on Sunday (16 January).
But the North London derby has been thrown into doubt after the Gunners applied for it to be postponed amid a Covid outbreak in their camp.
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Sky Sports reported on Friday (14 January) that Spurs are furious with their rivals and believe they have fabricated the Covid outbreak.
Dinnery explains that Son would have missed the clash in any case but should return after the winter break.
“Injuries can evolve 24 to 48 hours after the match,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“It’s a London derby against Chelsea in the heat of battle and you want to stay out there and perform.
“Most players don’t feel 100 per cent fit and ready at this stage of the season. It’s all about balancing risk and reward.
“He may have been aware of it through the game but not thought much of it.
“But in the cold light of day when the adrenaline dissipates, you might start to feel some aches and pains.
“We know Son is very robust and can handle the demands of the game. Over the past three seasons, he has played a huge number of games.
“He averages over 60 games per season in terms of domestic and international.
“In terms of travel with South Korea, he has done more than 220,000km over the past few years.
“But his availability record is still incredible. The fact he wanted to push on through that semi-final is no real surprise.
“The only concern is that it’s likely to keep him out until the end of this month.”
The Premier League are set to announce a decision on the Arsenal clash today (15 January).
Son has registered four goals and three assists in his last six league matches.