Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed forward Son Heung-min will undergo surgery this week after fracturing his arm, and manager Jose Mourinho fears he won’t feature for the club again this season.
Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that Son suffered the injury during Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League victory over Aston Villa when he completed a match-winning brace deep into injury time.
A section of the statement read: “Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son’s rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.”
Tottenham are already without the talents of England frontman Harry Kane, who is expected to be out of action until May after he suffered a torn hamstring last month.
Mourinho spoke at a press conference on Tuesday and said Tottenham’s situation “couldn’t be worse,” suggesting there’s a chance we’ve seen the last of Son this season:
“I’m not going to count on him again this season. If he plays two or three games then it’s because he [the press officer] is very optimistic, but I’m not counting on him.”
The Special One was appointed Tottenham manager in late November and took charge of the team when they were 14th in the Premier League table. Spurs are now fifth and just one point below Chelsea in fourth, but this latest blow will dent their hopes of European qualification.
Son, 27, has scored 16 goals and recorded nine assists in 32 appearances in all competitions this season, a slim second to top-scorer Kane, who had netted 17 times in total prior to his injury.
The blow means Spurs will be missing their top two attackers for the visit of RB Leipzig in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg on Wednesday. Spurs are then set to travel to London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
Mourinho added that he was previously concerned about having sufficient attacking options on his bench, but “now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.”
January signing Steven Bergwijn has played in a central slot for former club PSV Eindhoven in the past and could be called on to do so again.
Academy graduate Troy Parrott doesn’t look likely to fill the void up top, meanwhile, as Mourinho said the 18-year-old—who has played just five minutes in the Premier League—“is not ready.”