Julian Nagelsmann has admitted, in comments reported by the Daily Mail, that it is a shame to hear that Son Heung-min will miss Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig.
Son was Spurs’ hero at the weekend. He scored twice, including the stoppage-time winner, to help Jose Mourinho’s men beat Aston Villa. Unfortunately, it came at a cost.
Tottenham confirmed on their official website on Tuesday that Son will miss a number of weeks as he prepares to undergo surgery on an arm injury.
Of course, that rules the forward out of Wednesday’s first-leg against the Bundesliga side.
And while Nagelsmann conceded that his absence could be a boost for his team, he insisted that it is disappointing that Son will not be involved.
“I hope his operation is good and he is back soon,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“But it is a shame when a top player is missing from a game like this. It means there is one less great player. Tottenham have a number of players out but we do as well.
“We prepared for Tottenham in detail, it doesn’t matter if (Harry) Kane or Son don’t play.
“For Tottenham it would be better if they play but it is better for us if they don’t play.”
It is certainly a setback for Tottenham. Son has scored six goals in his last five appearances in all competitions.
Crucially, he has also scored five times in six Champions League games this season.
But Mourinho has other exciting attacking options at his disposal. Lucas Moura famously bagged the hat-trick which sent Tottenham to the final last season.
Meanwhile, Steven Bergwijn has already opened his account for Spurs following his January move.
Son’s absence obviously makes Tottenham’s task much tougher. But Nagelsmann will know that there are several other players his side need to worry about.