Antonio Conte insists he is “sure” Son Heung-min will be present at the World Cup, despite the South Korean captain being forced out with an orbital rupture in Spurs’ Champions League win over Marseille
- Antonio Conte says he is ‘hopeful’ son Heung-Min will return soon from injury
- The 30-year-old attacker suffered a broken orbital in Spurs’ victory over Marseille
- The Spurs boss said he is ‘sure’ Son will return in time for the World Cup
Antonio Conte has provided an injury update on Son Heung-Min after the attacker was injured in the Spurs Champions League group stage final.
Son suffered a fracture to his orbital bone during the first half of the game against Marseille after colliding with defender Chancel Mbemba and was sent off injured.
Despite concerns that the South Korean talisman could miss the upcoming World Cup due to the injury, Conte revealed that the 30-year-old is out of hospital and will likely be available for the tournament in Qatar.
Antonio Conte has said he is ‘hopeful’ that son Heung-Min can return in time for the World Cup
Son suffered a broken eye socket after a collision with Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba
Following Tottenham’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool, the Italian manager explained: ‘With Sonny, I messaged him after the surgery’
“Sonny was very disappointed in this situation, but I hope he recovers very well and will play in the World Cup because I was a player and I know the importance of the World Cup.
“He missed us tonight. I am confident that he can come back soon and play in the World Cup. He’s not in the hospital now, he’s at home.’
Son is the captain of the South Korean national team and has won 104 caps for his country
The former Bayern Leverkusen forward has been a regular member of the South Korean national team since his international debut in 2010.
Since then, Son has amassed 104 caps for his country and scored 35 goals, including seven in the country’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup.
Currently ranked 28th in the FIFA rankings, the Tigers of Asia will kick off their World Cup campaign when they face the two-time winners of the league Uruguay on November 24.