‘World Cup is in a few weeks, I’m sure he’d be gutted if he missed it’: Fans express concern for Son Heung-min and Tottenham on social media after South Korea left injured to add to their injury problems with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison out
- Son Heung-min went off injured in the first half against Marseille in France
- Tottenham trailed at the break after a difficult first half where they were squeezed in
- Defeat in Marseille would spell the end of their Champions League campaign
Son Heung-min was withdrawn during the first half of Tottenham’s crucial Champions League clash away at Marseille.
The South Korean was forced off after appearing unsteady after taking a blow to the head from Chancel Mbemba.
Tottenham’s first-half woes were compounded by a late Mbemba goal, largely due to Son’s injury.
Son Heung-min was withdrawn in the first half after taking a knock to the head against Marseille
Reacting to Son’s departure, supporters expressed their concern for the South Korean while expressing displeasure with Antonio Conte’s choice of replacement.
It looked nasty on Son. Hope he’s ok. The WC is in a few weeks, I’m sure he’d be gutted if he missed it, wrote one.
“What is the son injured?” another dramatically noted.
The South Korean appeared in some distress as he was led off the pitch by medical staff
Another pointed to Tottenham’s current injury struggles and tried to understand their impact by comparing it to Arsenal.
“Spurs now have Kulusevksi, Richarlison, Son injured,” they wrote. “It’s the equivalent of having Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard injured.”
Others tried to criticize Antonio Conte and his transfer decision after he replaced Son with one Yves Bissouma, a defensive midfielder.
Tottenham’s first-half woes were compounded by a late goal added at the end of the first period
“Honestly, Spurs are hell to watch, Son gets injured and you take a defensive midfielder? Only Kane up there attacking? What’s the point of playing football,” they wrote.
“Son gets injured and Conte doesn’t attack another striker crazy,” noted another.
Another user wrote that the current situation reminded them of the club’s difficulties under Jose Mourinho.
“Reminds me of the time Son & Kane were injured under Mourinho. Like the rest of the team don’t know how to play football, they wrote.
Another, perhaps from a more extreme wing of the Tottenham support, confirmed his desire for Conte to leave the club.
Chancel Mbemba – who was involved in Son’s injury – grabbed the goal at the end of the first half
“The funny thing is that everyone will still defend Conte and say we had injuries, Son went off injured, the disallowed goal against Sporting, that Conte was not in the side,” they wrote.
“He needs to f*** go, stop making excuses.”
The existentialism around Tottenham eased somewhat in the second half, and Conte’s side got back into the game via a Clement Lenglet header.
They must avoid defeat in France to secure their place in the last 16.