Heung-min Son will undergo surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye after being injured in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Marseille on Tuesday.
The South Korean forward suffered the injury in the first half of the comeback win in France that saw Spurs progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Spurs have given no timetable for the 30-year-old’s return as the World Cup kicks off on November 20. Tottenham v Liverpool live Sky Sports Premier Leagueon Sunday.
“We can confirm that Heung-min Son will undergo surgery to stabilize the fracture around his left eye,” the club said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
“The South Korea international suffered the injury in the first half of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Olympique Marseille.
“After surgery, the child will begin rehabilitation with our medical staff and we will inform our fans in due course.”
Spurs’ attacking options are currently depleted, with Dejan Kulusevski (hamstring) and Richarlison (calf) unavailable for selection.
Spurs games before the World Cup
Tottenham vs Liverpool, Premier League – Sunday November 6; Kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham, Carabao Cup – Wednesday November 9; Departure – 7:45 p.m
Tottenham vs Leeds, Premier League – Saturday November 12; Check-out 3pm
Merson: Spurs need to improve until the last 16
Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Marseille on Wednesday barely seemed to get going in 45 minutes, with Spurs looking bewildered and overwhelmed by the hosts’ relentless attack.
Spurs were a different proposition after the break and controlled the ball to score Clement Lenglet’s equaliser. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit the crossbar for the visitors and Marseille should have scored late on, but Sead Kolasinac somehow missed with a header.
Sky Sports Pundit Paul Merson believes Tottenham have to improve further in the competition after reaching the last 16 stage.
“The Spurs couldn’t put three passes together in the first half,” Merson said. Football special. As soon as they started to make many passes together, the game opened up and created a threat for them.
“Tottenham did well in the second half but when you get to the last 16 you can’t give teams a head start and it will soon catch up with you.
“When the prisoners are taken and the fear factor is out of the game, Spurs have some good players who move the ball quickly. But they don’t do that, they sit back. Kane was literally 35 meters from himself. They didn’t have a goal in the first half, sometimes they had to take chances. A negative for me. it is.
“They can’t keep giving teams a head start. They’ve been lucky in two games like Bournemouth on Saturday and again today against a mediocre Marseille side.”
‘Conte is very tired – he lived the game in the crowd’
Spurs’ place in the last 16 was not guaranteed until Hojbjerg’s last-gasp winner secured top spot in Group D.
It was a hostile night for the Premier League side in Provence as Marseille needed a win to go through and a defeat eliminated Spurs.
Conte, who celebrates a year in charge on Wednesday, was forced to watch from the stands following a red card following a VAR dispute against Sporting Lisbon last week, meaning Tottenham’s qualification hopes go down to the last game.
The Italian side had a good start in the first half but fell behind through a header from Chancellor Mbemba.
However, the second half was a different story as Lenglet scored with a header in the 54th minute.
But it was a nervy night until Hojbjerg’s late intervention as Marseille needed just one goal to send them through. And it was not a night for Conte to relax.
Christian Stellini said: “I had the opportunity to talk to Antonio. He was very tired. He lived the game in the crowd, it’s not normal. He probably spent more energy in the stands than he normally spends in the contact line.
“The first half was very difficult and we didn’t lose our focus because of the problems. We stayed in the game and they quickly took the goal from the corner. It was a stressful goal because we were not prepared.
“It’s an important lesson for the future. But something changed in the second half and we talked about the energy we need in the second half and the way to press them and challenge the game. The stadium and this type of match, a knockout, is not very easy.
“The stadium was very hot in the first half and sometimes it’s normal to give the opponent a chance to play, to use the energy you have in the second half. This can also be a strategy. We have to try to play all 90 minutes at the same level.