The South Korean army have published the first image of Tottenham player Son Heung-Min in his military service wearing combat uniform in the middle of a drill as he was named one of the top recruits in his unit as he finished three weeks of compulsory military training in South Korea on Friday.
The Tottenham forward, who entered the Marine Corps training camp on the southern island of Jeju on April 20, also finished with a perfect record in shooting.
Son’s graduation ceremony was closed to the public, due to social distancing rules in place in South Korea to combat coronavirus, but dozens of fans were still waiting outside for the 27-year-old.
He earned exemption from the full 21 months of military service by helping South Korea to win football gold in the Asian Games in 2018.
Son must still complete some community service obligations by 2023 in order to fully complete his military duties.
He decided to carry out his military training while the Premier League is suspended due to coronavirus.
Son will return to London next week, but will have to quarantine for two weeks, as per government guidelines. It will be his third separate lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic began, and could impinge on a potential return to training.
With the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ hoping to see the top-flight resume in early June, that could mean a return to group training later this month, which Son could miss.
However, the pandemic has had its benefits for Son, who was set to miss the rest of the season through injury had it not been suspended.
The South Korea international suffered a broken arm in February and returned home for an operation, with boss Jose Mourinho expecting him out for the rest of the campaign.