Tottenham injury blow as Son Heung-min picks up leg injury on South Korea duty and ruled out of World Cup qualifier

TOTTENHAM star Son Heung-min has been ruled out of South Korea's World Cup qualifier against Lebanon with a calf injury.

The 29-year-old felt discomfort in his right leg during training following Thursday's 0-0 draw with Iraq in Seoul.

The issue was later diagnosed as a calf strain, with Son forced to sit out of today's match.

Spurs are set to face Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime, and boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be desperate to have key man Son available.

There is no time frame on his injury yet – although the Korean FA have confirmed that his absence from today's match in Suwon is 'precautionary'.

The news is a devastating blow to Paulo Bento's South Korea side, who already experienced a nightmare start to Qatar 2022 qualification last week.

With a side including 92-cap hero Son playing the full 90 minutes, they failed to break down Dick Advocaat's stubborn Iraq side – drawing 0-0 with the unfancied side in what was the 73-year-old Dutchman's first game in charge.

Spurs, meanwhile, have had a good start to the season – but have been similarly goal-shy.


Nuno's men have bagged just three goals in their opening three Premier League games, with two of those coming from Son.

The first of those was the winner against Manchester City on the opening day, while he also found the net from a free-kick against Watford.

Dele Alli scored Spurs' only other league goal so far this term for the early table-toppers – a penalty against Wolves.

Nuno will be desperate to have Son available as soon as possible, with Tottenham facing some big games in September.

Following Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace, the Lilywhites travel to Rennes before a huge London derby with Chelsea.

A return to Molineux follows in the League Cup, before Nuno's first North London derby at the helm on September 26.

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