TOTTENHAM star Son Heung-min is set to complete his four-week national service in South Korea during this coronavirus season delay.
The Spurs forward, 27, managed to get out of the mandatory 21-month service after he led his nation to the gold medal at the Asian Games in 2018.
Under South Korean law, before the age of 28 you must complete 21 months of national service, unless you earn an exemption.
Son's victory two years ago gave him that very exemption – but is still required to complete a shortened four-week regime.
With the football season on hold, Son headed home last week to do his duty.
Son arrived in capital city Seoul with his parents on Sunday – and must now spend 14 days in quarantine.
READY FOR THE RESTART?
After that he will potentially begin his four weeks of service immediately and faces a race to complete it before any potential season restart.
The hope for Son – and Tottenham – is that he can sneak his month of service in before the season gets underway once more.
All Premier League football is currently suspended until April 30, but all 20 teams are set to meet on Friday via five-link to determine whether there needs to be a further delay.
Amongst many suggestions, the Premier League season could be finished behind closed doors once players are deemed to be healthy.
But the 2019-20 campaign could yet be cancelled entirely, with this summer's Euro 2020 already pushed back by a year due to the pandemic.
Son is currently recovering from a fractured arm after falling hard during the 3-2 win over Aston Villa – but provided a positive update last week.
The Spurs star said: "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."
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