South Korean superstar Son Heung-min has undergone a successful surgery following a facial injury, the country’s football federation said Saturday, but declined to say if he will be ready for the World Cup in Qatar, reports AFP. The Tottenham Hotspur forward sustained the nasty injury -- reportedly multiple fractures to his eye socket -- during a Champions League win over Marseille this week. Worried South Korean fans have since been waiting nervously for updates on Son’s condition, fearing their World Cup would be ruined without the talismanic national captain. “We’ve been informed by Spurs that the surgery went well and was successful,” a Korea Football Association (KFA) official told AFP. South Korea will begin their campaign in Qatar against Uruguay on November 24, also facing Ghana and Portugal in Group H. He is considered critical to South Korea’s chances of making it to the knockout stages at the World Cup, having scored 35 goals in 104 internationals -- including nine in his last 14. Besides, Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell will miss England’s World Cup campaign after suffering a “significant” hamstring injury. Chilwell limped off during Chelsea’s Champions League group stage victory against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
“Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring,” the Chelsea statement said.