12th November, 2022
Son Heung-min has been included in South Korea’s 26-man squad for the World Cup despite the Tottenham forward’s injury.
The 30-year-old sustained a fractured eye socket playing against Marseille in a Champions League fixture earlier this month, putting his participation in serious doubt.
However, Son assured South Korea fans this week that he would be on the plane to Qatar.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support I have received over the last week,” the forward wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
“I have read so many of them and truly, truly appreciate you all.
“In a tough time I received a lot of strength from you. Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too.
“I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country. See you soon.”
Son has now officially been included in South Korea’s traveling part for the tournament that starts on November 20, with their first Group H assignment taking place four days later against Uruguay.
Head coach Paulo Bento was not able to offer clarity on when Son could start training prior to that game.
In quotes reported by BBC Sport, Bento said: “We don’t have that information yet.
“We are in contact with him, with the Tottenham medical department. We need to wait, we need to analyze day by day his situation.
“We have time to decide and the most important is he recovers as well as possible, he feels comfortable, and then we will take the final decision.”