South Korea’s Son Heung-min has been pictured training in a face mask — raising hopes he will be available for the start of the World Cup.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward has been out of action since he fractured an eye socket during his club’s fixture against Marseille in the Champions League. After that game earlier this month, he had surgery on the damaged area.
Son did not play in any of Tottenham’s three games before the World Cup break.
But he has now been spotted training with his South Korea team-mates while wearing a mask, suggesting he will be ready to play for his nation when they face Uruguay next Thursday.