Son Heung-Min’s impressive performances for Tottenham in recent seasons will make him one of the most iconic players of the 2022 World Cup, even if he wears a face mask.
The Premier League trump will play for South Korea in the tournament as they look to get out of a tough group with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana.
The 30-year-old is unsurprisingly South Korea’s star in Qatar 2022 and will be crucial to his country’s hopes of reaching the Round of 16.
But with Son’s unusual take on the tournament, fans have all been asking themselves the same question: why on earth is he wearing the face mask against Uruguay?
Read on for the all-important answer.
Why is Son Heung-Min wearing a face mask against Uruguay?
Son suffered four eye sockets after colliding with Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba during Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League match on November 1.
The striker underwent surgery four days later and missed both the Premier League games with Liverpool and Leeds and the Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.
There were concerns that the injury would prevent Son from playing in Qatar, but he has recovered well from surgery and will be fit enough to compete in his third World Cup after his performances in 2014 and 2018.
After his first training sessions with the team in Qatar, Son told reporters: “I don’t think it was a big deal because the mask was more comfortable than I thought it was.
“Actually, it was a bit different from when I used it in England. It was more convenient. Apart from sweating a lot because the weather was hot, there wasn’t much difference.
“The reason I keep touching the mask is because the shape of my face is slightly different. Even if the swelling subsides, one day it will still be swollen. I keep touching it after applying it on my face. I was surprised that it was much more comfortable than I thought.’
The mask is made of carbon fiber and is one of three that Tottenham gave him during the World Cup.
Son added: “It is made of good material. It is light, hard when worn on the face, and it is a good material that can protect against shock. I was surprised that it was much easier than I thought.”
Son has scored 35 goals in 104 games for South Korea since his debut in 2010.
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