Son Heung-min could earn an exemption from military service should South Korea win the men's soccer competition at the Asian Games.
Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min when Spurs visit Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Monday night and he will also be absent when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road next weekend. However, the club's short-term loss could prove to be a long-term gain, with Son now just two games away from military service exemption.
The South Korean attacker started the season with the Tottenham and featured in its win over Newcastle in its first game. However, he has since been on international duty at the Asian Games with his country, which booked its spot in the semifinal of the tournament with a nerve-wracking 4-3 extra-time win over Uzbekistan.
Korea 4-3 Uzbekistan. Son's dream of military exemption rolls on --just. Korea through to the semifinals that take place in just 48 hours against either Syria or Vietnam.— John Duerden (@JohnnyDuerden) August 27, 2018
Son has been a key attacking threat for Spurs over the past two seasons and they will be without him for the next two games. Yet, it could be worth it.
All South Korean citizens are faced with mandatory military service, which means the club could end up losing the forward for two years as a result.
However, fortunately for the player, exemptions are made for athletes of exceptional merit and Son can avoid service all together if he helps his country win the Asian Games.
In a testing schedule, Son and his teammates will face either Vietnam on Wednesday in the semi inal. After Monday's scare against Uzbekistan, the Tottenham star is two wins away from freeing himself of military obligations.
Should Korea fail to take gold however, Spurs face the possibility of losing their a key player for two years.