Son Heung-min could be out for ‘MONTHS’ as he has surgery on a broken arm suffered against Aston Villa to leave Jose Mourinho short of forwards for key clashes with RB Leipzig and Chelsea
- Son Heung-min has been ruled out for at least a number of weeks due to injury
- The South Korean injured his right elbow in the opening minute on Sunday
- It is another blow for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho, who is now short of strikers
- The Spurs man will definitely be out for the RB Leipzig and Chelsea clashes
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min could be out for ‘months’ after breaking his arm in the first minute of Sunday’s win against Aston Villa.
Spurs confirmed the news on Tuesday of the injury to Son’s right elbow which means he will be sidelined for at least ‘a number of weeks’, but the Evening Standard report the forward could be out for two months.
The injury means he will definitely miss the Champions League first-leg against Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday, as well as the Premier League clash at Chelsea on Saturday.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is to have surgery on a broken arm sustained on Sunday
Son holds his right elbow and after scans it was confirmed he will be out for a number of weeks
MATCHES SON HEUNG-MIN COULD MISS
- Wednesday: H vs RB Leipzig (Champions League)
- Saturday: A vs Chelsea (Premier League)
- March 1: H vs Wolves (Premier League)
- March 4: H vs Norwich (FA Cup R5)
- March 7: A vs Burnley (Premier League)
- March 10: A vs RB Leipzig (Champions League)
- March 15: H vs Man Utd (Premier League)
- March 20: H vs West Ham (Premier League)
- April 4: A vs Sheffield United (Premier League)
- April 7/8: Potential Champions League quarter-final first-leg
- April 11/tbc: H vs Everton (Premier League)
- April 14/15: Potential Champions League quarter-final second-leg
- April 18/tbc: H vs Bournemouth (Premier League)
The club statement read: ‘Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son’s rehabilitation.’
It is a killer blow for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, who is already without Harry Kane until at least April.
Mourinho has already hinted Kane, who has injured his hamstring, could miss the rest of the season.
Son did receive treatment on the injury, which was caused after a heavy tackle by Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa, on the pitch in the early stages at Villa Park, but played the full 90 minutes and remarkably scored twice, including a last-minute winner.
If the injury puts him out of action for two months, he could miss up to 13 Tottenham games in total.
He will reportedly return to South Korea for the surgery, after which a more accurate timescale will be known.
The injury comes during a busy period for Spurs, who are set to play Red Bull Leipzig in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday.
They then travel to rivals Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, before they host Wolves on March 1 and Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round three days later – Son will miss all of these games.
The news of Son’s injury is a huge blow for Tottenham, who are also without Harry Kane
Despite the injury, Son won the game for Tottenham in stoppage-time against Aston Villa
SON HEUNG-MIN IN 2019-20
- Appearances: 32
- Goals: 16
- Assists: 9
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
In the absence of Son and Kane, the onus will fall upon other members of the first-team squad to step up to the plate.
Lucas Moura is the most senior man who can deputise up-top, though Erik Lamela, new signing Steven Bergwijn and 18-year-old Troy Parrott may also have to provide cover.
Son, 27, has scored 16 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this season, and is one goal behind Kane in Spurs’ top-goalscoring charts.