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Son Heung-Min unlikely to start for Tottenham at Palace


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Tottenham Hotspur may face a potentially tricky tie without one of its best players tomorrow. That’s according to Nuno Espirito Santo, who in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace, painted a doubtful picture of Son Heung-Min’s ability to play in the Premier League match at Selhurst Park.

“Like some of our players, [Sonny] came [back from the international break] with some issues. Sonny is not so well, but let’s wait for the club to make the proper announcement and explain to you better what kind of injury he has.”

It was previously reported that Sonny felt some discomfort in his calf muscle while in training with Korea last week, and he was held out of the Taeguk Warriors’ 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lebanon as a precaution. However, it seems as though that injury may be a little worse than everyone hoped.

Son’s injury doubt may not be the only one. Oliver Skipp and Steven Bergwijn are also due to be assessed today to gauge their ability to play in the match tomorrow. Skippy limped off the pitch during a England U21 match with what was described as a “tight groin” while Bergwijn was photographed on the bench with a bandaged and iced ankle.

In addition, the trio of Cuti Romero, Gio Lo Celso, and Davinson Sanchez are all still in Croatia and will not be available for this match. Nuno also said that he expects the three to return by Sept. 18, meaning they will also miss the Conference League match at Rennes and also casting doubts on their ability to play in the September 19 Premier League match against Chelsea.