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Son Heung-min picks up calf injury on international duty

Tom Gott
Son Heung-min is injured
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The South Korean FA have confirmed that Tottenham winger Son Heung-min has picked up a calf injury which will rule him out of his country's meeting with Lebanon on Tuesday.

Son played 90 minutes in Thursday's 0-0 draw and had been expected to do the same against Lebanon, with South Korea already playing catch-up in their World Cup qualification campaign.

Unfortunately, they'll have to head into Tuesday's game without their talisman as Son's name was nowhere to be seen when the KFA unveiled their matchday squad.

According to Naver, Son has been ruled out after picking up a calf injury in training, which will have everyone at Tottenham sweating as well as those involved in the South Korea setup.

There's no mention of the severity of Son's issue, but it's obviously bad enough to keep him out of Tuesday's game, so his involvement in Spurs' upcoming Premier League fixtures appears to be in doubt as well.

Spurs get back to league action with a meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday, before travelling to France for a Europa Conference League tie with Rennes - a fixture Son would likely have been rested for anyway.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks as Spurs will host Chelsea on September 19 before heading to the Emirates Stadium to meet Arsenal later in the month.

Son has been in impressive form so far this season, bagging two goals in his side's first three league games, both of which happened to be match winners against Manchester City and Watford.

It goes without saying that losing Son would be a huge blow to Nuno. While Harry Kane appears to be fit and firing again after his disrupted start to the season, Spurs don't really have any other out-and-out goalscorers in the squad.

Should Son miss any of those games, it could be a chance for young Bryan Gil to step up. The Spaniard, who joined from Sevilla in the summer, has impressed in his limited minutes thus far and could get the opportunity to prove himself on a bigger stage.