Tottenham Hotspur Forward and Korea Captain Son Heung Min suffered an injury as his face struck the right shoulder of defender Chancel Mbemba of Ligue 1 club Marseille in an aerial battle during the first half of the team’s Group D match at Marseille in the UEFA Champions League. Son left the pitch with his nose bleeding and his left eye beginning to swell.
Tottenham defeated Marseille 2-1 in the match, and Son even joined his teammates in celebrating their win inside the dressing room, leading to speculation that his injury wasn’t as severe. However, twenty-four hours later, The Telegraph reported that Son suffered four fractures to his eye socket due to colliding with Mbemba and will need surgery.
With this development, speculations arose that Son will likely miss Tottenham’s remaining three matches before the World Cup. A precedent gives hope that Son may still make it to the World Cup.
Kevin De Bruyne also had a fractured eye socket playing for Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final but was back playing for Belgium at the European Championships within 21 days. However, he complained he couldn’t feel the left side of his face. He also shared it would take six months before the injury could heal completely.