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Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min fractures arm in World Cup qualifying loss to Qatar


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International football is bad. Even in the offseason summer months all it usually does is break up the vacations of your club’s players at a time when they should be resting. During the year, at best you end up with players that return to their clubs tired, and at worst they come back injured.

That’s exactly what happened to Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min, who broke his forearm after an arial challenge of the ball in the midst of a 3-2 World Cup qualifying loss to Qatar.

There’s video of the Sonny’s injury. It’s not particularly gruesome or anything, but I’ll just state it up front in case anyone doesn’t especially want to watch it. The incident happens about 1:50” into the video below.

Poor Sonny. It looks like he broke it after landing on it wrong, and you can tell immediately that there’s something seriously wrong the way he comes up holding it.

Korea’s Yonhap News Agency says that South Korea medics thought he had broken his wrist only to discover that he fractured his forearm. He’ll continue to travel with the South Korean team with his arm in a cast. There were no updates on how long it might be before he can play again.

In some ways, if you’re going to get injured, this is the time to do it, when you’re planning on taking a break from football for a while anyway. But still, this is bad news for Sonny, who was bang on form after a 20-goal season with Spurs, and for Korea, who are in the midst of a dogfight for one of the AFC’s 2.5 World Cup spots. Korea are currently second in their qualifying group with 13, behind Iran with 20. Should Korea finish in third in their group, they will enter a playoff against the other third place in the AFC group for the right to play in ANOTHER playoff against the fourth place team in CONCACAF.

International football is the worst.