Son Heung-min to carry out mandatory national service in South Korea

Tottenham forward to take up opportunity while Premier League is in shutdown

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min is set to carry out a four-week military service in South Korea  during the   Premier League suspension due to the ongoing coronavirus  pandemic. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min is set to carry out a four-week military service in South Korea during the Premier League suspension due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is hoping to carry out his mandatory four-week national service following his return to South Korea.

The 27-year-old travelled back to his homeland last week following football’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is waiting for confirmation that the Premier League suspension will be extended beyond April 30th later this week.

Son, currently in a two-week quarantine after flying in from London last weekend, has to by law serve a mandatory four-week national service in the South Korean military.

It should have been 21 months, but he earned an exemption in 2018 when he was part of the South Korea team that won the Asian Games, with Spurs allowing him to leave midway through the 2018-19 campaign.

Son is currently recovering from a broken arm, but will see this as a perfect opportunity to carry out his service without it impacting on his playing career.

He hopes to start on April 20th and is reported to be serving in the Military Corps.

The Premier League is widely expected to suspend the season beyond its current date at the end of the month as meetings with the English Football League, Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association continue this week.

That would allow Son the window to complete it and then return to the UK in time for the resumption of the league, whenever that might be.

It has been a turbulent few weeks for Son, who was only back in London for a few weeks having returned to Seoul for surgery on his broken arm in February.

Upon his return to the UK, he was forced into two weeks of isolation and had only been back at the club’s Hotspur Way training complex for a week or so before it was closed following the UK government’s instructions to stay at home.

The enforced break has worked in his favour as he will almost certainly be fit when the action does restart, having originally expected to have missed the remainder of the season.

Son uploaded pictures and a video on Instagram earlier this week, showing him skipping without a cast on his arm.

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