Tottenham Forward Son Heung-Min Pictured in Bulletproof Helmet During Military Training

Heung-Min Son
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Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min has been pictured wearing a bulletproof helmet while holding a rifle, as he continues his mandatory training with the South Korean army.

The 27-year-old is enduring a three-week programme with his country’s Marine Corps - one that all South Korean males must partake in prior to the age of 28.

Pictures have now emerged of the Premier League star in full military gear, dressed head to toe in camouflage. The Tottenham man is currently based in Seogwipo on the island of Jeju – an area of land to the south east of the South Korean mainland.

During his time with the Marine Corps, Son will be taught a variety of new skills including rifle shooting and ‘discipline education’.

Other aspects of his service have included exposure to tear gas and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear exercises.

Son had been set to complete 21 months of training - as is required by law - however, the Tottenham man earned an exemption after he led his country to success in the 2018 Asian Games, meaning he now needs to complete just three weeks.

The training is a far cry from the lavish Premier League footballer lifestyle the Spurs man will be accustomed to, though Son is said to be nearing the end of his three-week stint and will soon be released from the programme.

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Following the completion of his mandatory service, Son will return to north London to meet up with his teammates for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. José Mourinho and his team have already resumed training at their Enfield Training Centre, with news on the possible resumption of the Premier League said to be on the horizon.

Son hasn’t featured for Spurs since February having fractured his arm in his side’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.