S. Korea sweat on Son forward of opener with wildcards Uruguay

DOHA, Nov 22 — South Koreans will be anxiously awaiting news of regardless of whether captain Son Heung-min is obtainable when they want him most, as the Asian giants commence their World Cup campaign on Thursday towards a Uruguay side with a track file of deep runs in the match.

The Tottenham Hotspur ahead sustained multiple fractures about his remaining eye 3 weeks back and has been coaching in Qatar sporting a black protective mask reminiscent of swashbuckling vigilante Zorro.

Group H also consists of Portugal and Ghana, which means Son’s unrelenting risk and firepower against an unsure Uruguayan defence will be essential for South Korea to choose up some essential early points by negating Uruguay’s attacking aptitude.

South Korea coach Paulo Bento has imposed a group gag purchase on speaking about Son’s condition of Planet Cup readiness, hoping to retain Uruguay’s strategists in the darkish.

“We must test and analyse working day by day, allow him occur,” Bento reported in the operate-up to Qatar.

“We have time to make the appropriate conclusions and the ideal choices for all of us.”

Son is eager to enjoy, wary of the possibility of even further accidents from a premature return, final 7 days stating he was “more than keen to bear all those risks”.

Uruguay are at the time once more the dark horses of the tournament, with a squad that brings together a trustworthy outdated guard of gamers age 35 or higher than, with enjoyable young expertise keen to make their mark in their first World Cup.

They contains Liverpool’s record signing Darwin Nunez, who is anticipated to be paired up entrance with the ageing Luis Suarez, a important part in Uruguay’s outstanding march to the semi-finals in the 2010 Globe Cup.

Nunez at 23 is 12 years more youthful than Suarez and fellow forward Edinson Cavani, who play in their fourth Earth Cup, as does captain and most capped player Diego Godin.

Among the 13 debutants will be True Madrid’s adaptable midfielder Federico Valverde and Manchester United’s Facundo Pellistri, who hyperlink up with Tottenham’s in-sort Rodrigo Bentancur in a midfield for which Uruguay’s squad has a good deal of depth.

Coach Diego Alonso sees the yawning age gap as a boon and thinks Uruguay could even acquire this Globe Cup, as they did in 1930 and 1950.

That could be a tall get and commentators have noted frailties at the again that South Korea could exploit, notably in the centre, while there is no term but on no matter if Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo is obtainable soon after undergoing thigh surgery.

Uruguay have reached 14 Planet Cups and South Korea 11, but neither has a superior file in their opening match, with the Asian side losing or drawing in their final two Entire world Cups and Uruguay not able to win their openers in 6 of their very last 7 editions. — Reuters

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