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LONDON – Tottenham announced Wednesday that forward Son Heung-min has undergone surgery for a fracture around his left eye, jeopardizing the South Korean star’s World Cup.

Son was forced off in the first half of Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Marseille on Tuesday, securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

“We can confirm that Son Heung-min will undergo surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye,” Tottenham said in a statement.

“Following surgery, Song will begin rehabilitation with the medical staff and will update supporters accordingly.”

The Premier League club has not revealed a date for his return, but he faces a race against time to make it in time for South Korea’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on November 24.

Son is the captain of his country and a national icon thanks to his accomplishments both at club and nationally.

The 30-year-old has scored 35 goals in 106 international matches and won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

South Korea will face Portugal and Ghana in Group H.

Son seems certain to miss Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s side will also face Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and Leeds before club football takes a break for the World Cup. -AFPMore South Korean son undergoes face surgery, World Cup in doubt, latest football news

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