Tottenham are expected to be without winger Son Heung-min for the next few weeks because of the calf injury he picked up during the international break.
Son was left out of the South Korean squad for their recent meeting with Lebanon after suffering the injury in training, leaving him touch-and-go for Spurs’ clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Well, according to Dan Kilpatrick, Son hasn’t made it back in time, and it could be a little while before he is seen again.
Not only is the 29-year-old set to miss the Palace game, but he is also not expected to make it back in time to face Rennes in the Europa Conference League in midweek and is also not likely to return for the visit of Chelsea on September 19.
It’s not clear just how long S on is facing on the sidelines. Missing the Chelsea game would be bad enough, but Spurs
Son’s fitness struggles will give manager Nuno Espirito Santo a real headache. Striker Harry Kane is back and was firing on all cylinders during the international break, but out wide, the boss doesn’t really have anyone capable of filling the goal-scoring void left by Son.
Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura are both fighting for a spot in the squad, while young Bryan Gil is also looking to build on the two minutes he received when he replaced Son in the dying embers of the 1-0 win over Watford.
That trio combined for eight league goals last season – nine fewer than Son managed on his own.
Gil seems likeliest to earn a start. The 20-year-old summer signing has impressed in the Conference League and is just waiting for the chance to prove himself in the Premier League, and Son’s injury could give him exactly that.