Son Heung-min suffers muscle injury…Conte "have to wait until after Jan int'l break "

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-12 15:26:52
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▲ This photo, provided by EPA, shows Son Heung-min during the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinals against Chelsea. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- ‘Ace’ Son Heung-min(30)’s muscle injury made English Premier League(EPL) club Tottenham Hotspur deeply worried.

Antonio Conte, the head coach of Tottenham, predicted that Son Heung-min would not be able to return within this month.

Coach Conte said at a press conference, which was held a day before the second leg of the 2021-2022 Carabao Cup semifinals against Chelsea, "we will have to wait until after the January international break (24 January ~ 2 February)" on Jan. 11(KST).

Son Heung-min was on the injured list after playing the first leg (0-2 defeat) of the EFL Cup semifinals against Chelsea on Jan. 5.

Son felt leg a muscle pain the day after the game he played until the 34th minute of the second half, and missed the third round of the 2021-2022 English Football Association (FA) Cup against Morecambe on Jan. 9.

Antonio Conte explained about Son’s condition, “It’s a muscular problem. I repeat, it was strange because he came off during the game (the first leg at Chelsea) with no problem, but the day after he felt a bit of pain, and he was injured.”

He added, “It’s a pity because you know very well the importance of this player for us.”

Tottenham will play the second leg of the League Cup semifinals against Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on Jan. 13 at 4:45 a.m(KST).

As the team lost 0-2 in the first leg and needs a reversal to make into the finals, Son Heung-min's absence has left a big gap in the team.

If Son Heung-min returns in February as Conte expected, the South Korea national football team will also have to play the game of seventh and eighth leg of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup final qualifying matches without a "captain."

The South Korea national football team, led by the head coach Paulo Bento, will play the seventh leg of the final qualifying round on Jan. 27 and eighth leg against Syria in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) on Feb. 1.

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