Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

‘Son fit enough to play’

Portugal ready to let their football do the talking

‘Son fit enough to play’
South Korea’s midfielder Son Heung-min (left) and defender Kim Tae-hwan take part in a training session at Al Egla Training Site 5 in Doha on Wednesday, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match against Uruguay. –AFP PHOTO

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Son Heung-min will be able to play in South Korea's opening World Cup match against Uruguay today despite wearing a mask after facial surgery, coach Paulo Bento said.

The Spurs attacker and South Korean skipper had surgery earlier this month after suffering a fracture around his left eye in a collision during a Champions League game, reports AFP.

"Son can play and will be able to play," Bento said on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen to what extent the South Korean talisman features, with the Portuguese boss cautioning: "He knows and we know that after this injury we cannot take any risks."

Uruguay, who boast veteran attackers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, plus younger talents such as Federico Valverde and Darwin Nunez, will be favourites to win the opening Group H match.

But coach Diego Alonso said the two-time winners would be wary of South Korea whether or not Son is involved.

"Obviously Korea do not only have this player," he said. "I have lots of respect for Son, but Korea also have other players, they are very well trained, have a good coach, a very good XI, we respect everyone."

Meanwhile, Portugal will be keen to let their football do the talking when they face Ghana in their World Cup opener today, reports Reuters.

Euro 2016 champions Portugal hammered Nigeria 4-0 in their last warm-up match but Ghana - who reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2014 - arrived on the Arabian Peninsula with wind their sails too after beating Switzerland 2-0 in a friendly.

The teams met at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Portugal won 2-1 thanks to a late winner by Ronaldo.