Tottenham Hotspur have said their star footballer Son Heung-min will complete a mandatory four-week military service in South Korea with the Premier League suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Kiran Kumar Explains His COVID-19 Journey, Says 'Ate in Disposable Utensils'
Son will commence his service later this month. All able-bodied South Korean men, under 28, have to serve in military for a period of 21 months. Also Read - 2 People on Board Ahmedabad to Guwahati SpiceJet Flight Test COVID-19+, Crew Quarantined
However, after he captained South Korea to a football gold medal at the Asian Games 2018, Son’s duration was reduced to just four weeks. Also Read - Akshay Kumar Donates Rs 45 Lakh to CINTAA After Association Reaches Out to Sajid Nadiadwala For Help
“The club can confirm that Son Heung-min will commence his mandatory military service in South Korea this month,” Spurs said in a statement on Monday.
The 27-year-old had fractured his arm during a Premier League fixture against Aston Villa in February and was not expected to be back for the remainder of the season. His military service was to bring this summer but has been preponed to coincide with the break forced by coronavirus.
“The forward arrived back in his home country at the end of March where he is currently in quarantine. Our medical staff are in regular contact as he concludes his recovery after fracturing his arm in our 3-2 win against Aston Villa on February 16 and continues to train,” the statement added.
The star forward underwent surgery in South Korea before returning to England to continue his rehabilitation before professional football in England and Europe was suspended.
“The Premier League has since announced that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is ‘safe and appropriate to do so’ and is under constant review. Son will return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May,” the statement read.