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Football: Bento names Spurs' Son in Korean squad despite injury concerns

Football: Bento names Spurs' Son in Korean squad despite injury concerns

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min seen here in action against Wolves on Aug 22. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers)

Son Heung-min has been named in South Korea's squad for the opening two matches of the next phase of Asia's World Cup preliminaries despite injury concerns following Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Harry Kane in the 72nd minute at Molineux on Sunday (Aug 22) as Spurs notched their second straight win in a perfect start to the Premier League season.

"For now he's alright," Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo told reporters after the game.

"In the warm-up he had a strange feeling but he was OK to play. I don't know. Let's assess him."

South Korea coach Paulo Bento named Son in his 26-man squad on Monday for games against Iraq and Lebanon, which will be played on Sep 2 and Sep 7, respectively.

"Sonny for me is in good condition, as far as I know he has no problems," Bento told reporters.

"In the first game (for Tottenham) he played 90 minutes, yesterday he played 70 minutes so in my opinion he is OK and I have no information about any injury."

The Portuguese coach selected a squad featuring 12 overseas-based players but there was no place in his line-up for Valencia's Lee Kang-in.

The South Koreans are attempting to continue a run of consecutive World Cup appearances that stretches back to the finals in Mexico in 1986.

They have been drawn in Group A of Asia's qualifying tournament for Qatar 2022, with Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Syria completing the group.

Matches begin on Sep 2 and continue until March, with the top two teams in each group claiming automatic berths at the finals. The third-placed teams will go into a series of playoffs for a possible fifth Asian berth.

South Korea squad

Goalkeepers: Gu Sung-yun, Kim Seung-gyu, Jo Hyeon-woo

Defenders: Kang Sang-woo, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Park Ji-su, Lee Ki-je, Lee Yong, Jung Seung-hyun, Hong Chul

Midfielders: Kwon Chang-hoon, Na Sang-ho, Nam Tae-hee, Son Jun-ho, Son Heung-min, Song Min-kyu, Lee Dong-gyeong, Lee Jae-sung, Jung Woo-young, Hwang In-beom, Hwang Hee-chan

Forwards: Cho Gue-sung, Hwang Ui-jo

Source: Reuters/gr


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