Tottenham have been dealt a huge injury blow following the news that Heung-Min Son is expected to miss the rest of the season with a fractured arm.
Son suffered the injury during the club’s 3-2 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, a fixture in which he scored twice including a late winner to boost Spurs‘ hopes of securing a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
The North London side have now announced that the 27-year-old will undergo surgery, news that will come as a huge blow with the club’s attacking options already depleted by the long term absence of Harry Kane.
“Heung-Min Son is to undergo surgery this week after sustaining a fracture to his right arm,” a statement on the club website reads.
“The South Korea international suffered the injury during our win against Aston Villa on Sunday.
“Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son’s rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.”
Whilst the statement failed to give a timeline on Son’s expected return, speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho revealed he expects the forward to miss the remainder of the season.
“I’m not going to count on him again this season,” said Mourinho at his pre-match press conference.
“If he plays two or three games then it’s because he [Tottenham’s press officer] is very optimistic, and I hope he is right. But, in my mind, I’m not thinking about that.
“We are going to miss him. The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement, I would write different.”
Son’s absence is likely to see Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn trusted in an unfamiliar central attacking role, Mourinho admitting the club’s injury situation ‘couldn’t be worse’ with teenage prospect Troy Parrot the club’s only fit recognised centre-forward.
“The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious,” the Portuguese added. “There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available.
“I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.
“My thoughts are that Troy Parrott is not ready and Ryan Sessegnon is not a striker.
“No strikers, no market. Nothing. The only help we can have is our crowd, the Tottenham supporters. That is the only thing I ask because to the players I cannot ask more than what they are giving.”