If we want to see Son Heung-min for a long time, we need to take care of him.
The English publication The Athletic reported on the injury situation of Tottenham’s players on Friday and discussed Son’s current situation.
Son has been battling injuries since the 2022-23 season. During the season, he suffered an orbital fracture and played in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with a mask on, even though it could have been life-threatening. It wasn’t until the end of the season that he revealed that he had actually been dealing with a hernia problem all season, and underwent surgery after the season ended.
This season, Son vowed to bring back 100% Son Heung-min, and the stats show it. He scored six goals in September alone as he made a definite shift from left wing-forward to striker. No other player in the Premier League (PL) has scored more goals in September than Son Heung-min. After a blissful September, Son is the favorite to win the PL Player of the Month award for September.
What makes his insane performance even more impressive is that he’s been playing through injuries. Heung-min has often shown signs of discomfort during matches, which is a sign of injury. In his pre-match press conference against Liverpool, Spurs manager Enze Postecoglou said, “Son Heung-min and James Maddison have been a bit sick since last week. They didn’t train fully in midweek. We have to see how they recover,” he said, directly referring to Son’s injury.
Despite his injury, Son was determined to play. He came on against Liverpool, scored a goal, and then left the game early as a substitute. This was an agreement between Postecoglou and the player. As The Athletic put it, “Son was not in perfect shape. Heung-min’s early substitution was planned.”
Son’s problem was reportedly a groin injury. “Heung-min had to undergo groin surgery at the end of last season. He played the entire 2022-23 season in pain. After the game against Liverpool, Postecoglou said: ‘Son is not 100%. He won’t play the full 90 minutes. “He’s been dealing with a groin problem, so we’ve been managing his game time and training more carefully. 레모나토토
Son has started only two of the nine league games he has played this season. He played 80 minutes against Sheffield United, 79 minutes against Arsenal, and 69 minutes against Liverpool. It’s hard to gauge a player’s health based on minutes played, but the fact that he’s being substituted earlier and earlier suggests that he’s not in great shape.
The good news is that it’s not something that will keep him out of the game. “Tottenham are continuing to monitor Son’s problem, but he is expected to be available for the upcoming weekend,” said Liam Thomas, who covers Tottenham for Sky Sports in the UK.