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Son Heung-min: South Korea’s greatest football export still leading the way despite injury concern

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Son Heung-min’s early-season goal drought saw questions being raised about the pre-World Cup form of South Korea’s Tottenham Hotspur forward, who is fit and firing following a facial fracture.Son, South Korea’s attacking talisman, has undergone surgery to stabilise a fracture around his left eye that he suffered playing for Tottenham against Olympique de Marseille, that had led to his participation at the World Cup being in doubt.Yet for months it was his finishing that had fans worried.After finishing as the Premier League’s joint-top scorer last season, the 30-year-old went eight games in all competitions without a goal to prompt concerns that his golden touch was deserting him with time ticking down to kick-off in Qatar.Despite the growing unease within the South Korean fan base that the sheen might be dimming around the striker at the most inopportune time, national team boss Paulo Bento was unconcerned.“I feel the same and I think the same as when he’s scoring a lot,” said Bento when he unveiled his squad for South Korea’s final two home friendlies before the World Cup. “There’s no concern, I will not talk with him about this.”No sooner had those words left Bento’s lips than Son was back on the goal trail.A hat-trick against Leicester City in the final round of Premier League matches before the international break was swiftly followed by two goals in two games for South Korea against Costa Rica and Cameroon.Those goals underlined, yet again, Son’s importance to the national team and his development into one of the most potent attackers in the global game.It has not always been the case during Bento’s time in charge, with Son struggling to replicate his club form while playing for his country.In the past, the

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