Heung-min Son has confirmed he will recover from his facial surgery in time to represent South Korea at the World Cup this month.
The Tottenham star recently underwent surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye last Friday after sustaining the injury in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League.
Son’s injury has upended his World Cup chances as fans feared he could not recover in time for the tournament which starts in just 11 days.
But now the Premier League Golden Boot winner last season has reassured his country’s fans that he will be available for selection for Qatar 2022.
The Spurs striker wrote on his Instagram: “Hi everyone. Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for the messages of support I have received over the past week.
“I have read so many and I really appreciate you all. In a difficult time, I received a lot of strength from you!
“Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many kids growing up, just like it was one of mine too. I won’t miss it for the world.
“I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country, see you soon. Son.”
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Son currently has 35 goals in 104 appearances for his country and is one goal away from breaking Ahn Jung-Hwan and Park Ji-Sung’s World Cup record of three goals.
It will be the 11th time the East Asian country has taken part in football’s most prestigious sporting event.
However, Son hopes to lead his side out of the group stages for the first time this winter, as they prepare to face Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal in Group H.
South Korea’s World Cup campaign kicks off on Thursday (24 November) against 2018 quarter-finalists Uruguay.
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