World Cup: South Korean star Son Heung-min pictured training with a face mask for the first time

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Son Heung-min trains in a protective face mask ahead of the World Cup… raising hopes the Tottenham striker will be ready for South Korea’s opener against Uruguay after failing to be fractured the orbit

Son Heung-min was pictured in training wearing a face mask for the first time ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

The South Korean star had been doubtful for the tournament after suffering a broken eye socket in Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Marseille earlier this month.

He soon underwent surgery on the damaged area and missed Tottenham’s last three games before the World Cup break.

Son Heung-min was first pictured wearing a mask ahead of the World Cup

The Tottenham star fractured his eye socket in a Champions League game this month

The Tottenham star fractured his eye socket in a Champions League game this month

There had been concerns over whether the 30-year-old would be fit in time for Qatar, before Son confirmed in a social media post that he would be fit for the tournament.

South Korean fans will be delighted to see Son in training eight days before playing against Uruguay

South Korean fans will be delighted to see Son in training eight days before playing against Uruguay

After announcing his World Cup squad on Saturday, South Korea coach Paulo Bento said of Son’s fitness: “We are in contact with him, with Tottenham’s medical department, but about the exact time, of the exact day when he can train with the team.

“We have to analyze his situation day by day. We have time to decide and the most important thing is that he recovers as well as possible, that he feels comfortable and then we will make the final decision.

South Korean fans will therefore be delighted to see their star player back in training, but with the face mask on – eight days before their World Cup kicks off against Uruguay on November 24.

The country have been drawn into Group H of the tournament which will also feature clashes with Ghana and Portugal.

Son fractured his facial orbital bone during the first half of Tottenham’s Champions League game against Marseille on November 1.

He ran into defender Chancel Mbemba’s header and was forced out injured.

His son soon underwent surgery and was included in South Korea's 26-man World Cup squad

His son soon underwent surgery and was included in South Korea’s 26-man World Cup squad

South Korea were drawn into Group H in a tough group involving Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana

South Korea were drawn into Group H in a tough group involving Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana

After questions were raised about his participation in football’s biggest stage, Son took to Instagram to share the following message: “Hi everyone. Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support that I have received over the past week.

“I’ve read so many of them and I really appreciate you all. In record time, I received a lot of strength from you!

“Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many kids growing up, just as it was one of mine too.

“I wouldn’t do it for anything in the world. I look forward to representing our beautiful country. See you soon. Son’.

Son made his debut for South Korea in 2010 and made 104 appearances for his country, scoring 35 goals.

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Richard V. Johnson