Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son has admitted he played though the pain in the final weeks of the season – and now needs to rest up before he has to play international football.
He noted that six weeks of painkillers isn’t out of the question for players, and that he was lucky to play so much football this season – and for the main part, avoid injury.
“I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience,” Standard Sport report the striker said in Seoul.
“I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren’t footballers who are free from injury. I’ll take some rest this week, and I’ll be fine.
“I don’t know which German players will compete against us, but I know I’ll talk with some German players after the match.
“It was my dream to play against Germany on the big stage, so I need to be very well prepared for the match.”
One player who did suffer from injury this season was Harry Kane, who spent a period on the sidelines and will feel that had a huge impact on him losing the Golden Boot, with Liverpool star Mo Salah pipping Kane to the post, despite the Spurs forward being mocked for claiming goals that didn’t really look like they were his.
Kane will be on the plane to Russia for the World Cup and it seems that he will be expecting a bit more support from the FA and indeed the England fans on social media after both he and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino made it very clear the club and player were unhappy at the ‘banter’ directed in his way at times.