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Son named in South Korea’s 2022 World Cup squad despite fractured eye socket

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South Korea will take Son Heung-min to Qatar, although it is unclear when the Tottenham star will be able to return to training.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min has been included in the 26-man squad for the World Cup in South Korea despite an injury.

The 30-year-old suffered a fractured eye socket in the Champions League against Marseille earlier this month, leaving his availability in serious doubt.

However, Son assured Korean fans this week that he would be on a plane to Qatar.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the messages of support I’ve received over the past week,” the striker wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I read a lot and I really appreciate all of you.

“I get a lot of strength from you in difficult times. Playing for your country in the World Cup is a dream for many kids growing up, just like mine.

“I won’t miss the world of it. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country. See you soon.”

Son has now been officially selected for the South Korean squad for the tournament, which begins on November 20, four days before they face Uruguay in their Group H opener.

Head coach Paulo Bento was unable to say exactly when Son would be able to start training ahead of the game.

Bento was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “We don’t have that information yet.

“We are in contact with him, with Tottenham’s medical department. We have to wait, we have to analyze his situation every day.”

“We have time to make a decision and the most important thing is that he recovers as much as possible and feels comfortable before we make a final decision.”

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