Spurs star Son avoids national service

Spurs star Son Heung-min avoids national service

Tottenham fans can will breathe a little easier after Son Heung-min avoided two years of national service when leading South Korea’s U23 side to the Asian Games gold medal.

Son was instrumental in defeating Japan U-23 2-1 in the final match on Saturday, providing both assists in extra time for Lee Seungwoo and Hwang Hee-chan. Aysase Ueda pulled one back for Japan late on, but they could not force the much-needed equaliser.

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The win gave South Korea a fifth Asian Games title and, more importantly for Spurs fans, Son earns an exemption from serving in his country’s two-year national service as an Asiad gold-medallist, and is now free to return to the north London outfit.