Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to complete his compulsory military service to South Korea during the Premier League lockdown, according to reports.
It is mandatory for all South Korean males to fulfil a near two-year stint in the military.
Son was due to serve the same amount of time until he helped South Korea win gold at the 2018 Asian Games.
The whole team earned an exemption as a result, and are instead required to complete a three-week basic training course, along with 500 hours community service.
Now with Spurs and the rest of the Premier League in lockdown, South’s Yonhap news agency report that Son is using the time to attend a marines boot camp on the island of Jeju from April 20.
The 27-year-old was hopeful he would not have to complete the full training, and burst into tears after South Korea picked up gold in Indonesia.
He has had a difficult season at Spurs, having been sent off twice, and is only just recovering from a broken arm sustained in February.
Spurs confirmed Son had already returned to his homeland, and he posted pictures of him doing a balcony workout online.
The news of Son being away on military leave will perhaps anger those who have been critical of Tottenham’s approach to staff during the coronavirus crisis.
Tottenham’s top players continue to collect their mega-money wages in full, while non-playing staff have been furloughed by the club under the government scheme.
Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has called on the club’s players to step in and help out those who have been forced to take a 20% pay cut.
“I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.
“I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.
“But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a y