Son Heung-min could return for Spurs against Brighton after Asian Cup exit

Son Heung-Min of South Korea reacts during the AFC Asian Cup semi final match between Jordan and South Korea at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on February 06, 2024 in Doha, Qatar.

Son Heung-min will report to Tottenham’s training ground on Thursday after South Korea’s shock Asian Cup semi-final loss to Jordan and will be assessed before his club’s Premier League game at home to Brighton on Saturday.

Son was devastated by his nation’s 2-0 defeat on Tuesday, not least because they had been so heavily fancied to progress to Saturday’s final; South Korea are ranked 23rd in the world, 64 places above Jordan.

It was a wild tournament for South Korea, marked by dramatic late goals that earned them a reputation for “zombie football”. After a 3-1 win over Bahrain in the opening group game, they scored crucial goals in second-half stoppage time in each of their following four ties. 

But they were killed off by Jordan, leaving Son, who ended the tournament with three goals, including the extra-time winner from a free-kick in the quarter-final against Australia, to turn his focus back towards Spurs.

The club’s captain had been in fine form before his departure for the Asian Cup in early January, scoring 12 league goals and registering five assists. He has since missed five Spurs matches, during which time they have taken five points from an available nine in the league and lost to Manchester City in the FA Cup, having beaten Burnley in the previous round.

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