Son Heung-min fulfils compulsory South Korean military service

South Korean media outlet Osen broke the news on Wednesday evening.

Son Heung-min has returned to South Korea from Tottenham in order to fulfil his compulsory South Korean military service.

The Spurs forward is expected to spend four weeks in the army for a basic training course.


Son Heung-min joins the South Korean Marine Corps

Additional reports in South Korea report that Son is set to join the Marine Corps.

Specifically, the Tottenham attacker will join the Jeju Marine Corps, 9th Brigade.

It’s claimed that Son picked the Marine Corps as they are known for their high training intensity.


Son in self-isolation & what about his broken arm?

Last week, Tottenham confirmed that Son and Steven Bergwijn would be allowed to return home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A statement from Spurs read:

The club has given permission for both Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn to return home to their home countries.

Sonny has flown back to South Korea for personal reasons, while Steven has travelled to the Netherlands ahead of the impending birth of his child.

It now seems apparent that Son Heung-min’s personal reasons included fulfilling his national army duties.

While the forward flew back to Korea on March 27, he’s currently in a mandatory two-week isolation before he’s allowed out in his homeland.

At the same time, Son is still recovering from a broken arm suffered against Aston Villa.

Osen have a quote from a South Korean military official, who has confirmed Son’s schedule:

Son Heung-min, who is self-quaranting, is planning to enter the training center on April 20.

Of course, the plan may change depending on the situation of the Premier League and Tottenham. 


More notes on Son’s return to South Korea

One South Korean media outlet reporting that Son Heung-min has returned home in order to complete his required four weeks military training early. It would start on April 20, but is dependant on what happens next with the Premier League and Spurs. Still unconfirmed as of yet.

— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 1, 2020

Originally Son would have been required to undertake two years of military service, but as Pochettino gave him permission to play in and win the Asian Games in 2018, he only now requires this basic training which last four weeks.

— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 1, 2020

Makes sense during this break, if safe and his arm allows, to get it done now before football returns so it doesn’t impact on his career. Of course, as stated above, this is still very much unconfirmed and only coming from one outlet Osen, who are reporting it as an exclusive.

— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 1, 2020

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