Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has allayed injury concerns and reassured fans that he will be fit enough to play in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
The South Korea captain was a doubt for the tournament after fracturing his left eye socket during Tottenham’s dramatic late win over Marseille in the Champions League on 1 November.
Son had surgery to stabilise the injury last Friday and although he then missed Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, he has now confirmed that he will be able to represent his country at the World Cup.
“I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country,” Son wrote on Instagram.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support I have received over the last week. I have read so many of them and truly, truly appreciate you all. In a tough time I received a lot of strength from you!
“Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too.”
Spurs manager Antonio Conte was confident Son would make the tournament, even as the player was initially disheartened following the injury.
“I sent him a message after the surgery and Sonny was really, really disappointed for this situation, but I hope for him he will recover very well and play in the World Cup,” Conte had said before Son’s update.
“I am confident, confident that he can come back quickly and play the World Cup for South Korea.”
Although he has had a difficult campaign so far with all three league goals coming in one game against Leicester City, Son was the joint Golden Boot winner in the Premier League last season with 23 and will carry his nation’s hopes squarely on his shoulders in Qatar.
It will be South Korea’s 11th appearance at the World Cup after a dominant qualifying campaign that saw them lose only once in 10 matches, winning seven, as they finished in second place behind Iran.
At 30 years of age Son has already earned 104 caps for his country and scored 35 goals – enough to place him fourth on the all-time list with Park Lee-chun only one strike ahead of him.
Qatar 2022 also gives Son the chance to become his country’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup – he needs only one more to surpass Ahn Jung-hwan and Park Ji-sung’s record of three goals.
South Korea’s tournament will begin against Uruguay on 24 November followed by fixtures against Ghana and then Portugal in what promises to be a tightly-contested Group H.
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
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