Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-Min helped South Korea to a 2-1 win over Bahrain after extra time in the Asian Cup on Tuesday, and Spurs fans were quick to react to the news on Twitter.
The result means that Son is set to remain with his international team-mates until at least Friday, where a quarter-final against either Iraq or Qatar awaits. The semi-finals are played on Monday, January 28th and Tuesday, January 29th. The final takes place on Friday, February 1st; there is no third-place play-off.
The winger featured in Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Manchester United on January 20th but swiftly flew out to join his South Korea team-mates in the United Arab Emirates.
He subsequently missed the dramatic 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage and is now certain to be absent from games against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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The news is something of a blow for Mauricio Pochettino, who has been dealing with an injury crisis in recent weeks.
Harry Kane has been ruled out until March with ligament damage, per BBC Sport, with Fernando Llorente the club’s only fully-fit central striker. The Spaniard scored an own goal against Fulham at the weekend.
Son has shared some of the goalscoring burden with Kane this season, scoring 12 times in 28 appearances in all competitions and laying on a total of nine assists, as per Transfermarkt.
An electric run of form began in November, as he scored eight goals and provided five assists in just nine games. He drew a blank against United at Wembley prior to his sojourn to the UAE, however.
Spurs announced the news of South Korea’s triumphant result on their Twitter feed on Tuesday and fans were quick to express their disappointment that Son will be absent for just a little while longer…
?? South Korea 2-1 Bahrain ??
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 22, 2019
Cheers, we’re all crying, nice one.
— Tottenham Funnies (@SpursFunnies) January 22, 2019
This day just gets worse and worse
— sonny ? (@DeadlyLxmela) January 22, 2019
DAMN IT BAHRAIN YOU HAD ONE JOB
— AnklesOfKane (@AnklesOfKane) January 22, 2019
Pleased for him, but want him home as well.
— Suzanne ? (@1964suebar) January 22, 2019
im happy but also fuming! We need him 🙁
— David Megicks (@DavidMegicks) January 22, 2019
Miss you dearly Sonny
— Vanessa (@CTAirportHopper) January 22, 2019
How are we supposed to like this given our squad depth issues lol
— Ash Fisher (@superflashash) January 22, 2019
My emotions are torn
— Dan (@skegz911) January 22, 2019