Spurs could lose key man to two years of military service

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

Son, 25, reaches that milestone in July 2019 and any military call-up would rule him out of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

The South Korean Army however, does provide exemptions for sports stars who perform exceptionally at major tournaments.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-Yong says he is pleased with the form of Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min but is concerned about potential burnout heading into the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Son Heung Min, Tottenham's South Korean goal machine has been enjoying a sublime season in front of the goal and has been on top of his game across competitions but he could soon be off to his native country to serve in the military service for 21 months while missing the Premier League for the concerned tenure.

It means the in-form Tottenham ace could get a free pass if his country shines during Russian Federation 2018. But his South Korea manager, Shin Tae-Yong, is anxious he'll peter out by the time June's World Cup rolls around.

Son does have another get out route though, as he would also be given exemption if the "Taeguk Warriors" were to win either the 2018 Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup.

"No player can maintain his best form all season long", Yonhap News quoted coach Shin as saying on Monday, as he announced a 23-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Northern Ireland and Poland.

And Mauricio Pochettino's side played eight matches this season between 5 January and 1 February, which is when the Asian Cup is being held.

Son has netted on seven occasions and supplied an assist in his last four games, so he is certainly in the form of his life heading into the World Cup.

Left-back Danny Rose added: "Sonny is very under-rated". Goals aside, people don't get to see his attitude on a day-to-day basis.

"He's closing in on 20 goals again and that's something to be delighted with".

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