South Korea will be without their captain Son Heung-min in their forthcoming friendly against Japan.
The Korean FA had handed Son a call up to the team despite the player limping off in their defeat to Arsenal last week but the federation moved quickly to release a statement after the player sat out Spurs' Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last week and Sunday's Premier League win at Aston Villa.
Speaking after their game against Villa, Jose Mourinho said of Son’s situation: "If a player cannot play for the club he cannot play for the country.”
A short statement issued late on Sunday by the Korean Federation said that Son would be "excluded" from the squad for Thursday's game in Yokohama because of the injury.
Clubs are usually obligated to release their international players for FIFA-sanctioned matches even though FIFA's availability rules have been temporarily modified because of the coronavirus pandemic and clubs are allowed not to release players for international duty depending on travel restrictions in their respective countries.
BREAKING: Son Heung-Min will NOT join Korea in their upcoming friendly against Japan. Tottenham are said to have informed the KFA of their decision recently.— Jason (Hanshin) Lee (@Jasons_JaysHub) March 20, 2021
The KFA will announce a replacement for Son’s spot in the roster in the coming days.#THFC pic.twitter.com/tA8fskE8Xr