Tottenham Hotspur have been rocked by the news that Heung-min is to undergo surgery on his arm.
The South Korean winger is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after apparently sustaining a fracture in the opening stages of the Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the weekend.
Manager Jose Mourinho addressed the media on Tuesday, and suggested the player could miss the rest of the season with the issue (BBC Sport).
It is a major blow for Spurs’ hopes of finishing among the Champions League spots, with Son a vital player for the north Londoners, especially with Harry Kane also out.
Mourinho will now be carefully considering how he sets out his team going forward, and speculation will be rife about who he plays through the middle.
The Portuguese did make some interesting comments back in November about Dele Alli, and with Son now sidelined they could be significant.
Following a victory over Bournemouth, in which Alli scored twice playing high up the pitch, Mourinho said (Daily Mail): “For me, Dele is not a midfield player.
“We want him to have the freedom to associate with the attacking players, this is the best position for him.”
TBR’s view – Alli to lead the Tottenham line?
Losing Kane and now Son is rough luck for Spurs, but maybe Mourinho can pull a rabbit out of a hat by playing Alli as his number nine.
He is very comfortable playing in advanced positions, and could be worth a gamble playing the Kane role with the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura running in behind him.
The 24-year-old is a highly intelligent player and may well be the solution to Mourinho’s problem.