Son Heung-min makes shock recovery from fractured eye socket and fit for South Korea’s World Cup clash with Uruguay
SON HEUNG-MIN WILL face Uruguay tomorrow in South Korea’s World Cup opener.
The whole nation has been waiting nervously after their superstar captain sustained multiple fractures around his left eye three weeks ago.
The Tottenham forward, 30, has been wearing a black protective mask in training.
Coach Paulo Bento confirmed he will wear it from the start versus the South Americans but admitted it is not without risk.
He said: “Sonny will play.
“Wearing a mask is not an inconvenience for him.
“Our hope is that he will feel comfortable to the greatest extent possible.
“We will use the best strategy so he can feel at ease during the game.
“But he knows and we know that after this injury we can’t rule out some risk.”
Son will take on club mate Rodrigo Bentancur during tomorrow’s clash with Uruguay.
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South Korea then take on Ghana on Monday, before rounding off their Group H campaign with a match against Portugal next Friday.
Son posted a statement to Instagram prior to the tournament, confirming that he would be able to play.
It read: “Hi everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support i have received over the last week.
“I have read so many of them and truly, truly appreciate you all. In a tough time I received a lot of strength from you!
“Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too.
“I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country, see you soon.”