Tottenham’s Son Heung-min to start mandatory military service in S Korea

Striker in quarantine after returning to homeland following football shutdown

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min hopes to start his mandatory military service in South Korea on April 20th. Photograph:  Neil Hall/EPA

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min hopes to start his mandatory military service in South Korea on April 20th. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will start his mandatory four-week national service in his native South Korea this month, the Premier League club have announced.

Son travelled back to his homeland following the shutdown of football in this country because of coronavirus and is currently in a two-week quarantine after flying in from London.

Now that football is on hold indefinitely, Son will complete his obligatory military service as required by law in South Korea before returning to north London after its completion next month.

A statement on Tottenham’s website said: “The club can confirm that Son Heung-min will commence his mandatory military service in South Korea this month.

“Son will return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May.”

Exemption

Son’s national service 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.

He 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.

The 27-year-old hopes to start on April 20th and is reported to be serving in the military corps.

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 United Kingdom, 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 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 last week, showing him skipping without a cast on his arm.

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