Jose Mourinho has given the latest update on Son Heung-min after the forward pulled his hamstring in the north London derby on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho has ruled out any chance of Son taking part in Tottenham’s Europa League game against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Starting in Sunday’s north London, the attacker was only in action for 19 minutes after appearing to injure his hamstring when running through on goal.
Son immediately went to ground and was substituted minutes later as Erik Lamela took his place on the pitch.
Amid fears over a lengthy spell on the sidelines, it appears the injury is not as bad as first feared.
It is believed that the player could be back in time for Spurs’ away trip to Newcastle United in their first game after the international break.
If things go well, Son could even be back quicker and in time for Sunday’s away trip to Aston Villa.
However, the Spurs head coach has ruled his star player out of an appearance in the return leg against Dinamo Zagreb Croatia.
“I don’t know, I don’t know, but of course no chance for this one,” said Mourinho in his pre-match press conference when asked when Son would be back.
If indeed Son does return earlier than anticipated for this weekend’s match at Villa Park, it would likely mean he’s involved for South Korea against Japan during next week’s international break.
Pressed further on his player, Mourinho added: “If a player is injured and cannot play, a friendly or official, it doesn’t matter the match it is.
“So if we arrived next week and Sonny is injured and we can prove that to the South Korean Football Association, what’s he going to do there? Nothing.”
“So if a player cannot play for the club, he cannot play for the country.”