Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) has returned home from surgery and will likely miss the first game of the June A match.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will take on Peru at 8 p.m. on June 16 at the Asiad Stadium in Busan, South Korea, in the first of two June A matches.
Peru is a South American powerhouse ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings. With a strong opponent, Klinsmann’s men will begin their preparations for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar next January.
However, Son Heung-min, who scored his first Klinsmann’s goal for Korea in a multi-goal performance against Colombia in March, is unlikely to feature against Peru.
“Son Heung-min underwent surgery for a minor sports hernia after Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League final on May 29,” an official from the Korea Football Association said before the team’s morning training session at Gudeok Stadium in Busan on Wednesday, adding, “Two weeks have passed and he is recovering. “It’s been two weeks and he’s recovering, but the player’s will to play is strong.
Son started the final Premier League match of the 2022/23 season against Leeds United at Elland Road in Leeds, England on May 29.
After assisting on Harry Kane’s opener in the second minute of the first half, Son was substituted in the 31st minute of the second half with the score 3-1 in favor of Heung-min. After arriving in Korea on June 30, Heung-min commuted to and from the Paju National Training Center (NFC) to train with the overseas players who arrived early on June 5, and convened in Busan on June 12 for recovery training.
Son Heung-min, who participated in the recovery group on the 12th and team training on the 13th, was excluded from the team’s own blue-and-white game and set-piece training on the 14th and conducted recovery training separately with the physical coach. 스포츠토토
Then, on the morning of the 15th, Kim Seung-kyu (Al-Shabab) appeared with coach Klinsmann at the official press conference before the match against Peru at the Busan Asiad Stadium.
The official press conference is usually attended by the players who will actually play in the match, and the team captain may also appear. This means that Son Heung-min’s chances of playing have dropped even further.