Son Heung-min has been spotted training while wearing a protective face mask as he recovers from the terrible eye injury that endangered his chances of playing in the World Cup in Qatar.
Son Heung-min’s injury put the South Korean national team in despair prior to the World Cup, but the Tottenham sensation appears to have recovered in time to play.
The Tottenham player was selected for the South Korean squad after learning that his injury would not prevent him from competing, although it is likely that Son will wear the mask during his nation’s group matches should he participate.
After scuffling with Chancel Mbemba of Marseille, Son sustained four fractures to his eye socket on November 1.
Spurs’ attacker suffered an orbital bone fracture in the collision during the Champions League match, and it was initially anticipated that he would miss the World Cup.
However, after successful surgery, he now appears to be on track to play in Korea’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on November 24.
Son was pictured grinning as he exercised with his teammates from other countries on Wednesday in Doha.
Son told reporters after the session: “I don’t believe it was horrible because the mask was more comfortable than I imagined.
In actuality, it differed slightly from how I had used it in England. More comfort was provided. There wasn’t much of a difference, other than the fact that I was perspiring a lot due to the heat.
I continuously touch the mask because my face is a little different from the model’s. After putting it on my face, I keep stroking it. It was a lot more comfy than I anticipated, which shocked me.”
One of the three masks Son has brought to Qatar is said to have been supplied by Tottenham and is thought to be composed of carbon fiber.
Son made a joke when asked what the mask is made of: “It’s kept quiet… It’s built with high-quality materials. It is a good material for impact protection since it is light, hard when worn on the face, and can absorb shock.”
Although Son is set to play in Korea’s opening match against Uruguay, his selection is still up in the air. Following the weekend’s team announcement, South Korea’s manager Paulo Bento stated: “We must evaluate his position day by day.”
“We have time to make a decision, but the most crucial thing is that he gets better as quickly as possible and feels safe before we make a choice.”
With Portugal the favorite to win Group H, Korea will be desperate for their top player to play against Uruguay, who are undoubtedly their toughest competitors to advance.
On November 28, Korea plays Ghana after taking on Uruguay, and on December 2, it takes on Portugal to complete the game.