World Cup:Tottenham striker Son Heung-min suffers broken arm in South Korea’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying loss to Qatar
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has fractured his right arm during South Korea’s World Cup qualifying loss to Qatar in Doha on Tuesday.
Son was forced off in the 35th minute after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Qatar’s Mohammed Musa.
He looked in serious pain as he was escorted off the pitch and a Korean Football Association (KFA) official later confirmed he had fractured his forearm in the 3-2 loss.
Son Heung-min lies stricken on the ground clutching his arm after the aerial challenge
The 24-year-old is now unlikely to be available for the start of Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-season on July 3.
Son was due to be given extra time off anyway given his involvement in international fixtures but would have been expected to join up in time for the club’s 10-day tour of America at the end of next month.
The striker, who has 53 caps for his country, scored 21 goals in 42 appearances for Tottenham last season to help them finish second in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
Son is now unlikely to be available for the start of Tottenham’s pre-season on July 3
Despite the defeat, South Korea remain second in their World Cup qualifying group, a point ahead of third-placed Uzbekistan with two games remaining. The two sides will face each other in Tashkent in the final round of fixtures.
Group leaders Iran have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, leaving one automatic berth to fight for in Group A.
The team that finishes third goes into a play-off against the third-placed team in the other Asian group, with another tie against the fourth-placed CONCACAF team to follow.