Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-min Son may have a battle on his hands if he wants to get back into the starting XI.
The South Korea international has been away since the start of the season participating at the Asian Games for his country.
Son took part in the hope of winning gold to avoid compulsory military service.
Fortunately for him, that’s exactly what he and his teammates were able to do.
South Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the final, with captain Son assisting both of his side’s goals.
The result means the ex-Bayer Leverkusen forward can now return to his club.
Had South Korea lost, then those under 28 will have had to carry out 21 months of military service.
It’s excellent news for Spurs, with Son, signed for £22 million in 2015, one of their most dangerous players.
Son returns but has he lost his place?
Son stood out for Tottenham last season with his electric pace, mazy dribbling and eye for goal. But that may not mean he walks straight back into the team.
Mauricio Pochettino will be thrilled to have him back but, with three goals to his name already in the Premier League, the rejuvenated Lucas Moura has done little to warrant being dropped.
He is arguably the one most at risk of the chop, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all established quality players.
It would be harsh of Pochettino to demote the Brazilian back to the bench having worked hard to take his chance.
He appears to have struck up a great partnership with Kane; should Pochettino interfere with that?
He’ll be back
There’s no denying Son’s quality, despite the resurgence of Moura.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star is looking dangerous at the moment, but he’ll need to display consistency, just as Son has done over the past couple of seasons now.
One thing’s for sure, they are two fantastic players and Pochettino will definitely have a selection headache.