Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min has travelled back to London following his completion of compulsory national service in South Korea’s military.
The 27-year-old finished in the top five performers in the country’s military corps, and then spent some time in the nation’s capital, Seoul.
Conscription in South Korea is compulsory for male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28.
He travelled back to London on Saturday and will not have to self-isolate unless testing positive for coronavirus - consistent with both UK government and Premier League protocols.
It means the forward is set for a possible return to training at Hotspur Way next week for solo sessions.
The coronavirus pandemic has allowed Son time to recover fully from a broken arm, an injury which looked set to finish his season, while also offering him the chance to complete national service without impacting his career.
He had originally been required to serve 21 months, but he was given an exemption for being part the South Korean team that won the Asian Games in 2018.
As a result, Son's service was shortened to three weeks.
Cover image: Son Heung-min participating in basic military training (Picture: Republic of Korea Marine Corps Facebook).