Son Heung-min insists he WILL be ready for Tottenham’s Boxing Day clash with Brentford – but admits he will still have to play in his mask as he recovers from fractured eye socket
- South Korean forward donned mask for the entirety of his World Cup campaign
- Said he will be ready to play for Tottenham after the Premier League break
- Declared himself ready to continue playing with his protective mask on
- Son’s South Korea side were dumped out of the World Cup by favourites Brazil
- Follow Sportsmail’s daily live blog for all updates from the World Cup in Qatar
Tottenham have received a boost after Son Heung-min revealed he would ready to continue playing with his protective mask on – seemingly declaring himself fit for their Boxing Day fixture with Brentford.
The South Korean sustained a fractured eye socket in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League last month, with the forward as a result forced to don a mask for the entirety of his country’s World Cup campaign.
After being dumped out of the tournament by favourites Brazil on Monday night, Son was asked what the map for his return to Tottenham action looked like.
Son Heung-min said he would be ready for Tottenham’s Boxing Day fixture – even if he has to wear a mask
‘The Premier League is on a break, so I think I should return as soon as possible and will need to play with my mask on,’ Son told Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily.
‘I was born to play football and I am a professional footballer so it’s only right to continue to play even with my mask on.
‘Although I wish I could recover quickly and play without the mask. I will have to discuss those matters with my doctor.’
Son, clearly emotional after the 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil, declared himself proud of enjoying an ‘unforgettable’ World Cup with his team-mates.
The South Korean went off against Marseille in Europe last month with a fractured eye socket
‘Before coming to the World Cup, I said that I wanted to make this World Cup unforgettable,’ he said.
‘The team and Korean fans have made this World Cup unforgettable.’
Son was given encouragement by Tottenham team-mate Richarlison who posted a message on social media saying he was a ‘hero’ to his people.
An emotional Son collapsed to the ground upon the final whistle in their last-16 clash with Brazil
‘I know how hard you fought to be here and that’s why you’re a hero to your people,’ he wrote.
Meanwhile, Neymar, who made a return from an ankle injury that had threatened to end his World Cup on Monday, said he feared his tournament was over after hobbling off against Serbia.
‘I was afraid of not being able to play in this World Cup again but I had all the support of my friends and family and I tried to find strength where I could not find it,’ said Neymar.
He added: ‘I did not feel any pain in my ankle. I think my performance went very well and I’m very content, but that said I think we can always improve and that’s what I will try to do.’
Brazil now face Croatia – who knocked Japan out on penalties – in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday afternoon at 3pm (GMT).
Neymar admitted he feared World Cup was over after picking up an injury against Serbia
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