The forward suffered a broken face earlier this month in a Champions League match for Tottenham
One of the leading names in the selection of South Koreathe attacker Son Heung min entered the field wearing a protective black mask over his face in the opening game of the Qatar World Cup, this Thursday, against the Uruguayans. Do you know why?
In a Tottenham match earlier this month, he suffered a fractured face, in his left eye, when he collided with Olympique de Marseille’s Chancel Mbemba in the Champions League. The player underwent surgery on November 9 and his call-up to the World Cup was questioned for it. His son recovered in time and was told to wear a mask at World Cup matches.
While training in South Korea, Son had already used the protective tool. The strategy should be repeated in the next games. A fast player with good finishing skills, he is considered a key player in Portuguese coach Paulo Bento’s project. With his country’s national team, Son has already collected 105 caps and scored 35 goals. In Korea’s corner kicks against Uruguay, Son’s mission is to take the corner kicks. He doesn’t stay in the area to try the header.
The accessory was also popular with South Korean fans. At the debut of the Asian team at the World Cup against Uruguay, at the Education City Stadium, several fans – especially children – were seen wearing masks in an allusion to Son’s new look.
Tottenham star since 2015, Son takes the field to play in his third World Cup. She was present at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. However, in both editions, the Koreans failed to get past the group stage of the competition.
South Korea is in Group H of the World Cup in Qatar. After facing the Uruguayans in the opening match this Thursday, the South Koreans will face the selection of Ghana next Monday. The third engagement takes place on 2 December, against Portugal.