Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min has admitted that he is sorry to be leaving for international duty later in the month, where he will miss some huge matches domestically.
The South Korea attacker is heading off to the Asia Cup after the Premier League clash with Manchester United next weekend, and if the Koreans make it to the final he will miss five Spurs games at a vital part of the season.
Son has been in wonderful form for Tottenham over the last month or so, coming alive in front of goal and playing a huge part in their surge up the table, a run of results which has them very much part of the title picture.
Spurs face matches in the FA Cup, Premier League and the Carabao Cup semi-final while the Korean is expected to be away, so although he is looking forward to potentially winning a trophy for his country, the 26-year-old knows the timing of his departure is not ideal.
This is the second time Son will have left for international duty this season, after he was part of the Asian Games event back in September, another reason why heading off is not a perfect situation.
“Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September,” Sky Sports quote the Korean as saying.
“I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff. It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country.
“I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”
There is a case to be made that success for South Korea will give Son even more confidence when he returns back to Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino has already seen his underrated star come back jaded, and could do without a repeat of that situation.
Spurs are likely to be competing on a number of fronts when the Korean is back in London, so everyone connected with the club will be hoping he comes back safe and sound, and in the right condition to continue his wonderful recent form.