Tottenham Hotspur captain Heung-min Son is set to return to the club’s training base on Thursday ahead of the weekend clash against Brighton & Hove Albion, the Daily Mail reports.
The 30-year-old forward has been the main man for Spurs at the top end of the pitch, and his return will be a massive boost for the club.
Son has been away on international duty with the South Korean national team at the Asian Cup, missing five games in all competitions for Spurs.
However, his nation suffered a shock semi-final defeat to Jordan, who were ranked 87th in the world ahead of the tournament.
Son, who is also the captain of the South Korean national team, offered an emotional apology after the match but will rejoin Ange Postecoglouu’s squad on Thursday. He could be available against Brighton.
The forward has notched 12 goals and five assists in 20 Premier League games, but Richarlison has shouldered the goalscoring burden for Spurs in his five-game absence.
The Brazilian has thrived, netting nine times in his last eight league matches, so Son is likely to replace January acquisition Timo Werner when he returns to the fold.
The ex-Chelsea flop has featured in Tottenham’s last four games, returning two assists, but Son’s return will threaten his place on the left flank.
Tottenham have collected five Premier League points from three games and were eliminated from the FA Cup by Manchester City in the fourth round in Son’s absence.
Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton at Goodison Park, with Richarlison bagging a brace against his former employers, and they will be looking to get their top-four challenge back on track this weekend.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side have lost just once in their last eight outings across all competitions and travel to London on the back of a thumping 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.
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