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Son Heung-Min gives injury update amidst football shutdown

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Because right now, we need a little more Son in our lives.

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Have you missed Son Heung-Min as much as I have? Liar, you have not. We haven’t seen Sonny since he injured himself in a fall playing against Aston Villa in mid-February.

Sonny’s now he’s back in London after an extended period in both Korea and quarantine, and gave an update on his status on Tottenham Hotspur’s website, saying he’s doing well and eager to get back on the pitch. And because he’s Sonny, his message to Spurs fans is to stop worrying about him, because there are much bigger problems than whether he plays football anytime soon.

“I’m doing alright, doing what I can do, working hard, trying to be ready to come back as soon as I can. I miss the feeling of playing, of course, but at this moment, football is not important. Everyone’s health is most important, and we all need to stay safe.”

That maddening, beautiful human played the entire match against Villa with a fractured arm, then returned to South Korea for surgery and a period of quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak that was emerging in Korea at that time. Son said he was as surprised as anyone to discover that he’d suffered an injury that required surgery to correct.

“I still remember the game, and this was my first action after maybe 20, 30 seconds. I kept playing, I don’t know how. I could feel it in the game, yes, but it was so important, I didn’t want to say I couldn’t play because of my arm and tried to keep going to help the team.

“I wanted to play in the Leipzig game (19 February), I wanted to play against Chelsea (22 February) as well, but I went to hospital, had an X-ray and couldn’t believe it when I saw the pictures. It was very sad news.

“Anyway, it’s already more than four weeks after surgery now and I’m doing very, very well and working hard to be ready to come back.”

There’s no update on when Sonny would, hypothetically speaking, be able to return to the pitch. Initial estimates and quotes from Jose Mourinho suggested that both he and Harry Kane were due to return before what would’ve been the end of the season, so you’d think it wouldn’t be too many more weeks before he’d be ready for outside training.

That’s all moot (and rightfully so) now that everyone is quarantined and avoiding the coronavirus, but it’s still nice to hear that Sonny’s on the mend and will be back soon. Because right now, don’t we all need a little more Son in our lives?