Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Heung-Min Son is out “for a while” ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match against Chelsea.
It’s a big blow for the Spurs boss given the South Korea international’s red hot form this season.
Having been denied two goals by the woodwork in the first half of the 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday, Son was replaced by Steven Bergwijn at half-time.
Mourinho explained the decision to Sky Sports after the game.
“It’s an injury. We’ll have him out for a while. It’s his hamstring.”
The 28-year-old tops Spurs’ goalscoring chart this season with four goals, all of them in the 5-2 away thrashing of Southampton last week.
Mourinho will still have plenty of capable strikers available for Tuesday’s reunion with Frank Lampard, though, including Harry Kane, who has also seen significant improvement in his playmaking output having bagged five assists in just three games this season.
It appears likely the Portuguese manager will have to omit three other players from his plans for the Chelsea game – Japhet Tanganga (thigh), recent loan signing Gareth Bale (knee), and Moussa Sissoko (illness).
🔄 A late change on the bench:
Gedson replaces Moussa Sissoko due to illness.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 27, 2020
The latter could still be available for the cup game, however.
Having initially made the bench for the Newcastle United game, the 31-year-old was forced to withdraw just half an hour before kick-off.
Chelsea, on the other hand, also have a few injury and fitness doubts although wing pair Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, who have missed out this season due to injury, could be ready for this game.
Meanwhile, new goalkeeper signing Edouard Mendy, who has trained under direct supervision from Petr Cech, could be in contention to make his Chelsea debut.