Tottenham FC footballer Son Heung Min (Picture: PA).
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Tottenham's Son Heung-Min Begins National Service

The 27-year-old has been able to return to his native South Korea following the suspension of Premier League football over.

Tottenham FC footballer Son Heung Min (Picture: PA).

Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min has begun his three-week mandatory national service in South Korea.

The 27-year-old is serving with the Marine Corps on the islands of Jeju where he will undergo basic training. 

Son, who has completed a two-week quarantine following his return to South Korea, is required by law to carry out national service by his 28th birthday.

His national service was due to last 21 months, however, he earned an exemption after being part of the South Korean team to win the Asian Games in 2018.

The pause in the Premier League because of coronavirus meant the forward was able to return to his home nation. 

A statement on Spurs' website said: "Son will return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May."

During his three-weeks of military training, Son will be exposed to tear gas, take part in lengthy hikes and be trained how to fire guns.

The South Korea international suffered a broken arm in February and returned home for an operation, with boss Jose Mourinho expecting him to miss the rest of the season. 

Cover image: Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min (Picture: PA).