Tottenham Star Son at Covid Risk, Exposed, Isolated Again

Jun 18, 2018; South Korea midfielder Son Heung-min (7) Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2018; South Korea midfielder Son Heung-min (7) Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports /

Tottenham talisman and Premier League October Player of the Month, Son Heung Min may have been exposed to Covid-19 as 4 national team players test positive.

First there was some concern with several of the Ludogorets players coming down with Covid-19 shortly after Tottenham had played the Bulgarian giants. However, with lots of travel and exposure from National team and club duties all tests have been negative for Heung-Min Son, so he seemed in the clear. However, just Saturday, four members of the South Korean national team and 1 staffer tested positive for Covid forcing a mini quarantine as the team scrambles to protect players and play Mexico in Austria.

Tottenham Star Son Exposed at Camp

According to The Korea Herald, “forward Lee Dong-jun, midfielders Kwon Chang-hoon and Hwang In-beom, goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, and an unidentified staffer tested positive for COVID-19”. Apparently all five are asymptomatic, and everyone else involved – including Son – has tested negative and will be tested again prior to the match with Mexico.

The risks involved here for Son and Tottenham are twofold. First, is the chance that Son was exposed to the virus and caught it. In which case at best, he was be isolated for a couple days until several negative test results can be obtained. Assuming he would be asymptomatic, it would still be potentially five days, making Manchester City next Saturday questionable.

Alternatively, Son never tests negative, but depending on positive results around him, Son along with the rest of the team are quarantined for an indetermined period. Given the steadfast, no-nonsense approach South Korean has taken from the beginning, no doubt safety is the top concern.

As for Son catching the virus and getting sick, well, we do not want to even think about that one. Ideally, Son catches nothing and maybe becomes even smarter about staying safe in the current environment, which is particularly hard for a globe-trotting professional athlete. Ideally, Son is a-okay, plays against Mexico and is ready to roll next Saturday against Manchester City. Regardless, everyone – coaches, fans, and Son included – are just waiting for that next test and the results that go with it.