Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min is set to carry out his compulsory military service in South Korea later this month after returning to his home country to continue his recovery from a fractured arm, with the Premier League suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The forward who has been out of action since February will have to go through an intense four-week military training program at a Marine Corps unit on the island of Jeju.
What happens in South Korea is, all able-bodied men must provide 21 months’ worth of service before the age of 28 and even though Son had earned a rare exemption from the full term after helping his country win the 2018 Asian Games, he was still expected to carry out four weeks of this training.
This training will begin on April 20.
But what exactly will he be doing?
Speaking to Reuters, an official at the Marine Corps said: “Once you’re in the military, you should be able to fire a rifle, breath in the gas and participate in a battle, rolling and crawling around the field.”
One of the toughest parts of the arduous boot camp is believed to be a group march of up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles).
“During the march, our regular Marine Corps recruits would bring 40 kilograms of equipment but it could be much lighter for alternative trainees depending on the program,” the official added.
Basically, here, Son would get discipline education, combat drills and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) exercise.
With the Premier League suspended, the time has surely come for Son to complete his training.