South Korean star Son Heung-min allayed fears he could miss the World Cup on Wednesday when he told fans he “can’t wait to represent our beautiful country” in Qatar.
The Tottenham forward had to undergo surgery on a broken eye socket he suffered during Spurs’ 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League last week.
South Korea kick off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on November 24 before facing Ghana and Portugal in Group H.
“Hello everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the messages of support I have received over the last week. I have read so many of them and truly appreciate you all. During a difficult time I received a lot of strength from you!” Last appeared on his Instagram page.
“Playing for your country at the World Cup is a dream for so many kids growing up, just like it was one of mine too.” I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country, see you soon.”
Son’s heroics for the club and the country have made him a national hero and captain of his country.
He has scored 35 goals in 106 international matches, including nine in the last 14.
Marseille defender Chancel Mbema faced racist abuse online from Korean fans over the collision that injured the 30-year-old.
Son’s gold medal win at the 2018 Asian Games earned him an exemption from national service.
In October last year, he finished 11th in the voting for the Ballon d’Or, the prestigious award for the world’s best player, and last season he shared the Premier League Golden Boot for most goals scored.
Son is expected to miss Tottenham’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and Leeds in the Premier League.
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