Tottenham Hotspur Confirm that son Heung-min begins compulsory military service in South Korea


Son Heung-min (photo credit: Reuters)

Son Heung-min (photo credit: Reuters)

Son Heung-min will begin compulsory military service in South Korea this month, which will be completed in May.

  • AFP
  • Last update: April 7, 2020, 11:37 am

London: Tottenham striker Son Heung-min will begin a four-week national service in South Korea this month.

Son recently returned to Asia after the Premier League was postponed due to the corona virus and is in a two-week quarantine.

With English football not likely to return soon, the South Korean star will complete conscription in his home country before returning to North London next month.

“The club can confirm that Son Heung-min will begin military service in South Korea this month,” said a statement from Tottenham on Monday.

“Son will return to London after completing his military service in May.” Son hopes to start on April 20 and will serve in the military corps.

He recovers from an operation in Seoul on the broken arm he suffered when Tottenham won Aston Villa in February.

The 27-year-old uploaded pictures and a video to Instagram last week and shows how he jumps on the arm without plaster.

When he returned to England after the operation, he was forced into isolation in two weeks and had only been at the club’s Hotspur Way training complex for about a week before being shut down according to government orders.

The forced break worked in Son’s favor, as he will almost certainly be fit when the action is restarted, as it was originally expected to have missed the rest of the season.

Son’s national service should have lasted 21 months, but it got an exception in 2018 when it was part of the South Korean team that won the Asian Games. Tottenham allowed him to leave the 2018/19 season.