Son named in South Korea’s World Cup 2022 squad despite fractured eye socket

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South Korea will head to Qatar with Son Heung-min in their ranks, though it is not yet clear when the Tottenham star can resume training.

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 fractured his eye socket while playing against Marseille in a Champions League game earlier this month, putting his participation in serious doubt.

However, Son assured South Korea fans this week that he will be on the plane to Qatar.

“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the messages of support I’ve received over the past week,” the striker wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I’ve read so many of them and I really, really appreciate all of you.

“I got a lot of strength from you in difficult times. Playing for your country in the World Cup is a dream for so many kids growing up, just like it was one of mine.

“I won’t miss it 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 travel squad for the tournament, which begins on November 20, with their first Group H match four days later against Uruguay.

Head coach Paulo Bento was unable to provide clarity on when Son could start training ahead of this match.

Quoted by BBC Sport, Bento said: “We don’t have that information yet.

“We are in contact with him, with Tottenham’s medical department. We have to wait, we have to analyze his situation day by day.”

“We have time to make a decision and the most important thing is that he recovers as well as possible, feels comfortable and then we will make the final decision.”

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