Son could complete military service in South Korea

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Tottenham striker Heung-min Son is currently in his homeland of South Korea and could complete a four-week military service program if the Premier League season is suspended further.

Son, 27, previously became exempt from the mandatory 21-month military service as he captained South Korea to gold medal glory at the 2018 Asian Games but there is also a four-week stint he needs to complete in the army.

Currently the Premier League season is suspended until April 30 but ahead of the latest club meeting on Friday it is expected that the 2019-20 campaign will be suspended until May.

ProSoccerTalk understands that although Son is currently in South Korea as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken arm he suffered in February, he may not just be able to complete his military service at the drop of a hat.

The South Korean government would have to accept his military service application at short notice and it would not be as simple as Son waiting for any further PL suspension on Friday to then arrange for his military service to take place.

Of course, it would be ideal for Son to wrap up his military service now as South Korea has handled the coronavirus pandemic much better than most nations and if he is set to be in his homeland for an extended period of time, this is a way for him not miss games with Tottenham in the upcoming years.

A new rule which arrived in 2018 means that men in South Korea must enlist in the military by the age of 28 and Son turns 28 on July 8.

The Tottenham and South Korean star is not exempt from military service due to being an athlete as previous exemptions given to the 2002 World Cup squad (if they reached the last 16) didn’t go down well.

Son will remain in South Korea in the coming weeks and once the situation becomes clear with regards to the 2019-20 season resuming or being delayed, he can then make a decision about military service.