Heung-min Son says ready to play in World Cup despite broken face

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Heung-min Son says ready to play in World Cup despite broken face

” I am not a doctor. It’s hard for me to say when I can play.”, said Son, whose team will start their campaign in Group H against Uruguay on November 24. The South Korean captain is unsure whether he will be able to play all of South Korea’s matches at the World Cup as he underwent surgery this month to stabilize a fracture around his left eye. Victim of a facial injury during the last group match in the Champions League against Marseille, Son had nevertheless been included in the South Korean team for the tournament.

The 30-year-old midfielder, who will wear a protective mask during South Korea’s matches in Qatar, had his first training session with the team in Doha on Wednesday. “I will do my best under these circumstances. But it is difficult for me to say now that I will play all the matches. […] From a fan perspective, maybe I’m pushing too far. But football players always run such risks. I just want to give joy and hope to our fans. I am more than willing to bear these risks. »

A lightweight mask

Son also said he was getting used to playing with the mask and the swelling in his face had gone down. “These carbon masks are really light and they probably won’t break. And if a mask breaks, it means something happened to my face. So I hope it doesn’t come to that. »

South Korea, who will experience their 10th consecutive World Cup appearance in Qatar, will also face Ghana and Portugal in their group.

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