Son To Complete National Service In South Korean Military During Shutdown

Tottenham star Son Heung-min is hoping to carry out his mandatory four-week national service following his return to South Korea.

Son travelled back to his homeland last week following football’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is waiting for confirmation that the Premier League suspension will be extended beyond April 30 later this week.

The 27-year-old, currently in a two-week quarantine after flying in from London last weekend, has to by law serve a mandatory four-week national service in the South Korean military.

It should have been 21 months, but he earned an exemption in 2018 when he was part of the South Korea team that won the Asian Games, with Spurs allowing him to leave midway through the 2018-19 campaign.

Son is currently recovering from a broken arm but will see this as a perfect opportunity to carry out his service without it impacting on his playing career.

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He hopes to start on April 20 and is reported to be serving in the Military Corps.

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.