Son Heung-min has apologised to Tottenham Hotspur fans on the club’s official website as he will be suspended for the north London side’s first two 2019-20 Premier League games of the season.
Son, 26, starred for Spurs last season, scoring 20 goals and laying on 10 assists in his 48 league and cup appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. But he received a red card in the second-to-last league game of the season.
The South Korean ace was given a three-match ban for kicking out at AFC Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma. He has served one of those three games by missing the 2-2 draw against Everton.
Now, Son will miss the first game of the season against newly-promoted Aston Villa, before remaining absent for what could be a crucial game against Manchester City. The attacker apologised to fans on Wednesday.
“It [Manchester City clash] will be a very exciting game for us and Villa as well. We’ll look forward to playing our first game of the new season at our new stadium. That will be a special day,” Son said.
“Obviously I’m suspended. That’s tough for me because I want to play every game and I’m sorry for the team because I’ll miss two games.”
Since his £22million (Guardian) move to Spurs from Leverkusen, Son has continued to grow in importance for the north London side and has since clocked up 188 outings for Tottenham.
In that time, he has scored 67 goals and created 36 more in assists. The 72-time international has become absolutely pivotal to Spurs, and he will be an enormous loss at the start of the season.
Pochettino will be desperate for his side to get off to a strong start especially with Manchester City being the second game of the season. Without Son, it makes the task of picking up six points a whole lot harder.