Qatar 2022: Why is South Korea’s Son Heung-min playing with a mask vs. Brazil?

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© Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty ImagesSon Heung-min - South Korea - Qatar 2022

South Korea’s biggest star is Son Heung-min. The left winger will have a difficult test against Brazil in the Round of 16, but why does the Tottenham forward will play with a mask against the South Americans?

Round of 16 begins for South Korea. The Asian team will face Brazil in a very tough test, with Son Heung-min as its biggest star. The captain takes on the South Americans but everyone wonders why he wears a mask in the games.

Son Heung-min has been South Korea’s best player in recent years. The Tottenham striker is one of the best left-wingers in the world and has been a key figure for his country in securing a ticket to Qatar 2022.

Although it wasn’t his best tournament in terms of goals scored, he helped his team build a very strong offense. He will now captain South Korea against Brazil, but fans are left wondering why he wears a mask in every match.

Why is South Korea’s Son Heung-min playing with a mask vs. Brazil?

Son Heung-min was selected as South Korea’s captain for Qatar 2022. Paulo Bento, the national team’s coach, is confident on what the left winger is capable of and he knows he can lead the squad to success in this tournament.

Before the competition started, Son Heung-min was close to not playing this tournament. He fractured his left eye socket during a Champions League match agains Marseille in a clash with Chancel Mbemba.

In November 3rd, Son Heung-min underwent surgery to solve this injury and it was uncertain if he would be available for Qatar 2022. Fortunately, he recovered and was able to fly with South Korea and play the tournament.

Of course he has not fully recovered. The left winger needs to use a mask in order to avoid a direct hit to his face. The injury is recent, so any kind of impact could increase it or open it again.

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