Son included in South Korea’s squad for World Cup

November 12, 2011 Son Heung-min has been included in South Korea’s 26-man squad for the World Cup finals in Qatar despite suffering a fractured eye while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League earlier this month.

Head coach Paulo Bento included Son in his squad after the 30-year-old declared himself fit for Korea’s 10th straight World Cup finals appearance.

Bento told reporters after announcing the squad on Saturday: “We are in contact with Tottenham’s medical department, but we still don’t have the exact date when he will be able to train with the team.”

“So we have to wait, we have to analyze his situation every day. We have time to decide and the most important thing is that he recovers as much as possible, he feels comfortable and then we take the final decision.”

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Son, who underwent surgery to repair the injury, said he would wear a protective mask to play in Qatar if needed.

Bento said the selection of Mallorca playmaker Lee Kang-in was not meant to be cover for Son if he failed to play as joint top scorer in the Premier League last season.

South Korea will travel to the World Cup hoping to advance to the knockout stages for the first time since 2010 after losing to Uruguay in the round of 16.

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“Even competing with a high level of performance from our side, we are going to feel a lot of problems because on the other side they are very good and strong teams,” Bento said.

The Koreans open their Group H campaign against Uruguay on November 24, Ghana on November 28 and Portugal on December 2.

Team:

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabaab), Jo Hyon-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Song Bum-kun (Jeonbuk Motors)

Defenders: Kim Min-ja (Napoli), Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Motors), Hong Chul (Daegu FC), Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk Motors), Yoon Jong-gyu (FC Seoul), Kim Young -Gwon (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai), Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka), Cho Yu-min (Daejeon Citizen)

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Midfielders: Jung Woo-yong (Al Sadd), Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul), Paik Seung-ho (Jonbuk Motors), Son Jun-ho (Shandong Taishan), Song Min-kyu (Jonbuk Motors), Kwon Chang-Hoon (Gimchon Sangmu), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), Jeong Woo-yong (Freiburg); Lee Kang – In (Real Mallorca)

Forwards: Hwang Yi-jo (Olympiacos), Cho Gye-sung (Genbook Motors)

Michael Church in Hong Kong, edited by Peter Rutherford

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