Mauricio Pochettino could lose key man to two years of military service

Tottenham face losing one of their key men to military service for the next two seasons, according to a report.

The Sun claims that Spurs face the prospect of being without Heung-Min Son for two years due to mandatory service in the South Korean Army.

All men must do 21 months of national service before they reach the age of 28 under Korean law, and with Son turning 26 in July, a military call-up could be imminent.

However, the South Korean government apparently gives exemptions for “sports stars who perform well at major tournaments”.

As a result, Son could be given special permission to skip military service if he performs well for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

South Korea have been drawn in a group with Germany, Sweden and Mexico though, so qualification for the knockout rounds will not be easy.

Son does have another get out route though, as he would also be given exemption if the ‘Taeguk Warriors’ were to win either the 2018 Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup.

He would miss the first four games of next season if he was included in the squad for the Asian Games.