Son Heung-min back in full training after a day off…will he lead Klinsmann to first win on Tuesday?
After being rested for the international break against Peru, South Korea captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) is back to full fitness and ready to go. Heung-min Son has been in good spirits and completed a full training schedule with his teammates, raising hopes that he will be fit for the match against El Salvador.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men will face El Salvador on June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium in their second test match of the month.
Previously, South Korea lost a goalless 0-1 to Peru in Busan on June 16 after a disappointing finish.
With their heads down, the Taegeuk Warriors will be looking to score multiple goals against El Salvador and earn their first win under Klinsmann. Klinsmann, who took over in March, has struggled in his first three matches, drawing one and losing two.
In desperate need of a win against El Salvador, South Korea trained in front of 300 fans on Sunday to prepare for their next match.
Son Heung-min, who was benched against Peru, sweated it out with his teammates as he showed his determination to play against El Salvador.
Heung-min, who underwent surgery for a sports hernia last month and has not been at full fitness, had to sit out some training sessions leading up to the match against Peru. Klinsmann showed his respect for Son by keeping him out of the final match against Peru.
After the match, Heung-min met with the media at the Mix Zone and expressed his disappointment, saying, “Many fans came to watch the A-Match in Busan after four years, and I wanted to show what I am good at and what I like, but it didn’t work out.”
After getting enough rest to regain his form, Son Heung-min showed light movements in training on the 17th. He performed step and dribble drills with his teammates, 메이저놀이터 as well as one-on-one and two-on-two drills, showing that he had no problems dribbling, sprinting, and shooting.
Furthermore, Son Heung-min energized the team by being the loudest voice on the field and keeping his teammates focused. He also proved to be in good shape as he responded to autograph and photo requests from fans at the training center.
Of course, there are no guarantees that Son will start against El Salvador. He said, “I don’t know if I will play against El Salvador yet. I have to discuss it with the manager and the coaching staff,” he said, adding, “We’ll have to wait until the 20th to see how things go.”
In any case, I have enough willpower. He’s had time to rest after his surgery, and he’s been working hard with the national team, so it’s safe to say that he’ll be back in action against El Salvador.