Son Heung-min doubtful for Qatar World Cup after facial injury

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South Korea’s captain could be ruled out of the World Cup after announcing a facial injury surgery.

South Korea captain Son Heung-min will undergo surgery after a fracture in his left eye socket, raising doubts over his availability for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Son, one of Asian football’s highest-profile players, was caught by Chancel Mbemba as he attempted to flick a high ball during the first half of Tottenham’s Champions League match in Marseille on Tuesday. After a long treatment he was helped off the field and looked completely disoriented.

Tottenham Hotspur announced on Wednesday that Son will have an operation “to stabilize a fracture around his left eye”.


The Premier League club did not say how long Son would be out of action.

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“After surgery,” the team said, “the son will begin rehabilitation with our medical staff, and we will further update supporters in due course.”

The World Cup begins on 20 November with South Korea due to play their first group game four days later against Uruguay. South Korea will also face Portugal and Ghana in Group H.

The nation has appeared in the last 10 World Cups, finishing fourth in 2002 when they co-hosted the tournament with Japan.

In the 2018 World Cup, South Korea crashed out of the group stage, with Son scoring two of his three goals in the tournament.

Son also played his country’s last match in a 1-0 win over Cameroon in September.

Last season, Son was the top scorer in the Premier League with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool FC with 23 goals.

He has been less prolific this season, scoring only three goals in the Premier League – in one game – and two Champions League goals.

Tottenham Hotspur are set to play Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Leeds ahead of the start of the World Cup.

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