Tottenham confirmed via his verified Twitter handle that its football star is set to rejoin the club. “Heung-Min Son has completed his mandatory military service in South Korea”, the club tweeted. “He is due to return to London next week. Congratulations, Sonny. See you soon!”
The mandatory military service in South Korea is for all young men who are citizens of the country. Besides the three weeks of military training, the full military service is meant to last for 21 months. However, Son was exempted for the long months of service because he helped his country to win football gold at the 2018 Asian Games.
Heung-Min Son took the opportunity of the break in football caused by the coronavirus pandemic which has halted football activities across the world since March, especially in England where he plays, to carry out his mandatory military training.
While going to the training camp in April, the Tottenham star wrote to his fans and the press to stay off from him and the camp in line with social distance guidelines in the country. He started his basic military training on April 20 successfully without any media report of his activities throughout his three-week stay at the camp.
Heung-Min Son is among the best military trainee
After completing the training, he was among the 5 people in a class of 157 people to be awarded as the best trainees. Though the 27-year-old Tottenham star has completed the military training and has been exempted from the long months of military service, his service to his country is not complete until he participants in community service in 2023.
When he returns to London next week, he will have to self-isolate for the third time since the coronavirus pandemic started. This means that he is likely to miss Tottenham’s group training if the 2019-2020 Premier League season is allowed to resume in June.
The Tottenham forward is already missing out of the individual training allowed by the club but that might not worry the club’s coach Jose Mourinho as much as when the group training which is expected to commence on May 18 starts without the South-Korean.
Mourinho will like all is best players including Son to be fit and available for selection whenever the season restarts. The Portuguese Tactician who resumes at the club in November is trying to secure at least a Europa League spot at the end of this season’s campaign.