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Son Heung-min fit to face Uruguay in South Korea’s World Cup opener

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Son Heung-min will be fit enough to feature for South Korea in their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Thursday.Head coach Paulo Bento confirmed the Tottenham attacker will play with the black protective mask he has been wearing in training since he sustained a fracture around his left eye in a Champions League match against Marseille on November 1.South Korea captain Son underwent surgery days later to fix the issue and despite not appearing at his country’s pre-match press conference in Al Rayyan, he will be involved in the Group H opener at Education City Stadium.“Sonny can play.

Yes he will be able to play,” Bento told a press conference on Wednesday.“I think the fact that he would be wearing a mask is not an inconvenience for him.

It is rather natural for him.“We have stuck to the plan since we arrived here and also the way we integrated him into our group shows it has been natural.“We will see tomorrow how it will be.

Our hope is he will feel comfortable to the greatest extent possible and we’ll use the best strategy so he will feel at ease during the game.”While Son will feature for South Korea and face Tottenham team-mate Rodrigo Bentancur, his fellow Premier League forward Hwang Hee-chan will miss out due to a hamstring injury.Uruguay manager Diego Alonso also faced the media in Qatar but refuted suggestions his players will target Son’s vulnerability around his face.Alonso insisted: “It is difficult to answer your question.

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