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LIVE FIFA World Cup Updates: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

BBC 2 hours ago
Hwang Hee-Chan & Son Heung-Min of South Korea celebrates with their team

South Korea head coach Paulo Bento confirmed Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will play with the black protective mask he has been wearing in training since he sustained a fracture around his left eye in a Champions League match against Marseille on November 1.

Son underwent surgery days later to fix the issue and despite not appearing at his country’s pre-match press conference in Al Rayyan, he will be involved in the Group H opener at Education City Stadium.

“Sonny can play. Yes he will be able to play,” Bento told a press conference on Wednesday.

“I think the fact he would be wearing a mask is not an inconvenience for him. It is rather natural for him. We have stuck to the plan since we arrived here and also the way we integrated him into our group shows it has been natural.

“Our hope is he will feel comfortable to the greatest extent possible and we’ll use the best strategy so he will feel at ease during the game.”

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