Tottenham's favorite Son is apparently back to fitness. Son Heung-Min has been nursing a lingering foot injury ever since Spurs' 4-1 thumping of Manchester City last month, but it appears he's very close to return for both club and country. Today South Korea national team manager Uli Stielike named his 23-man roster for two AFC World Cup qualifying matches against Myanmar and Laos later this month, and Son was called up to participate.
"We heard Son Heung-min is back to full strength with his club," said Stielike in a press conference this morning, "and we expect him to get some action during the week at Europa League."
There hasn't been anything official coming out of Tottenham Hotspur about this (that I've seen), but it would be spectacularly good news coming into a busy week. Including today's tie against Aston Villa, Spurs play three matches in seven days, a stretch that includes an important Europa League match against Anderlecht, and a weekend trip to the Emirates for the North London Derby. If Stielike is confident enough from what he's heard about Son's recovery from the club to select him for Korea, that implies that Son will play some role over the next seven days.
That doesn't necessarily mean that Son will be in contention to start against Arsenal this weekend, but even if he's fit enough to be a super-sub in the second half, that's pretty fantastic news. Son has been an absolute revelation in his opening matches for Tottenham, and while the club have fared well without him, there's no question that they'll be even better when he's back in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Korea will host Myanmar on November 12, and will travel to Laos on November 17 during the upcoming international break. Neither team should pose much of a threat to Korea's World Cup qualification; Son previously scored a hat trick in an 8-0 thumping of Laos back in early September.