When does Heung-Min Son go to the Asian Cup and what Tottenham games will he miss?
Heung-Min Son has been in fabulous form for Tottenham of late and fans will be disappointed that he is heading off to the Asian Cup to play for South Korea in January.
The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games for Spurs, including four in his last two.
However, he is jetting off to the United Arab Emirates in January to compete for his country, and he could miss as many as four games for Tottenham in all competitions.
How long Son will miss depends on how far South Korea do in the Asian Cup, but as one of the pre-tournament favourites, they are expected to go far.
When does Son go to the Asian Cup?
Son will be available for Spurs home game against Manchester United on Sunday 13 January and will fly to the UAE after that contest.
This means he is going to miss South Koreas first two group games against Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, arriving in time for their clash with China on 16 January.
The tournament then moves into a Round of 16 on 20-22 January, quarter-finals on 24-25, semi-finals on 28-29 and the final takes place on 1 February.
Which Tottenham games will Son miss?
If South Korea were to be eliminated at the group stage then Son wouldnt miss any Spurs games at all.
However, if they were to reach the final then he would miss four games.
- 20 Jan – Fulham (a) – Premier League
- 22 Jan – Chelsea (a) – League Cup
- 30 Jan – Watford (h) – Premier League
- 2 Feb – Newcastle (h) – Premier League
South Korea have reached at least the semi-finals in four of the last five editions of the Asian Cup.
If they were to lose out at the semi-final stage in 2019 then Son would be available for the Newcastle game, but almost certainly not the Watford match.
Spurs are still to play Wolves, Cardiff and Manchester United in the Premier League, Tranmere in the FA Cup and Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final before Son departs.