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The latest on Son Heung-min's hamstring injury

Robbie Copeland
Son Heung-min went off early against Arsenal
Son Heung-min went off early against Arsenal / NICK POTTS/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has revealed Son Heung-min will miss Tottenham's Europa League trip to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday with the hamstring injury he sustained in the north London derby defeat.

Fantasy football players all over the country inhaled through their teeth after Son pulled up after 19 minutes and immediately reached for his hamstring. It prompted Mourinho to throw on Erik Lamela, who later opened the scoring with a stunning rabona.

Spurs eventually felt the absence of their South Korean talisman and fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates.

Football.London's Alasdair Gold previously reported that the forward is expected to return in time for Spurs' first game after the international break against Newcastle, and there's even hope that he could play a part against Villa this week.

But speaking in his pre match press conference before the second leg against Dinamo, Mourinho revealed: "I don't know. Definitely out for tomorrow [Thursday]."

He added: "If a player is injured. It doesn't matter if it's a friendly or an official match. If we get to next week and he is injured and we can prove that to the Korean football association then what can they do. If he can't play for the club, he can't play for his country."

Son Heung-Min, Bernd Leno
Son pulled up early during the north London derby defeat / Julian Finney/Getty Images

This wouldn't be the first time Son recovered quickly from such an injury. He was substituted against Newcastle in September with a similar problem, but returned and scored a week later in their memorable 6-1 win at Manchester United.

Mourinho put Son's injury down to the amount of football he has played over the past couple of weeks; the Arsenal game was his fifth appearance in the past fortnight.

"That’s football, I don’t know how long it is. It's muscular," he said. "Muscular is always not easy. He’s a guy that normally he recovers very, very well from any kind of injury. And that’s football.

"[It's down to] accumulation of matches. In the Europa League I gave him 30 minutes rest, so 90 minus 30 is 60, but 60 is still 60. And when you are in so many competitions, some players have more minutes than others, which is normal, something that can happen."