Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min is set to complete military training on May 10 and will be available for the restart of the Premier League season if the June 8 proposed date goes ahead.
The South Korean faces another two-week quarantine period upon his return to the UK, which will see him miss the first week of “pre-season” training. Though Son and Tottenham, after a rigorous three weeks with one of the most fit and disciplined armies in the world, won’t be concerned about missing the first week of official training.
The rest might actually do him some good, giving him the chance to rejuvenate and prepare mentally for the challenge that lies ahead. Teams and players still await the FA’s decision about the impending restart, but a lot depends on whether the government gives it the all clear. Of course matches will be played behind closed doors and strict guidelines will be in place if the season, as proposed, restarts on June 8.
Son has completed the first week of military training and should be Spurs’ fittest player upon returning to north London. He’s donning his new military buzz cut and will gain added perspective upon conclusion of the three-week regime.
Quarantine is nothing new to Son, who has already experienced two separate fortnight periods in forced isolation. He went into quarantine when he returned to the UK after arm surgery in Korea and was had to spend another two weeks in quarantine upon arriving in Korea prior to military training.
News of Son being available for the prospective restart will galvanize a Tottenham side ready and raring to redeem themselves after a poor run of form prior to the season’s suspension. Only Steven Bergwijn is expected not to be ready in time for the proposed restart date. The Dutch forward is still in Holland nursing a twisted ankle.