Tottenham forward Son Heung-min described his South Korean military service as “tough,” but said he could enjoy it during the enforced suspension of the Premier League.
“It was a good experience,” Son said in a video on the Spurs website. “I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I really enjoyed it. Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it.
“I don’t know how the people felt, but for me, the three weeks have been long but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it.
All South Korean people are expected to complete mandatory military service by the age of 28 but Son, who turns 28 in July, avoided missing any time for Tottenham as he completed his last month with the season suspended in the midst of the coronavirus.
Son was excused the full 21-month military service after helping South Korea to victory in the 2018 Asian Games but was still required to serve a shorter period.
He said of his experience:
“The first day when we don’t know each other was a bit weird but soon we got to know each other. We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close, working together, we helped each other so the time was fantastic.
“Those guys, the first day and second day they couldn’t even speak to me but by the end, they were joking with me and we were enjoying everyone together.”
The enforced break also allowed Son to complete his rehabilitation from the arm fracture he sustained in the February 3-2 victory for Spurs over Aston Villa.
Son was out injured for the final weeks before the Premier League was suspended in mid-March, but the break in the season has allowed him to recover from a fractured arm, and he is now raring to get going again.
“I’m physically fine, I’m working really, really hard to be at my maximum level and I’m nearly there,” he said.
He added about restarting training, “Now we can train together, we’re training more than the last two weeks and the players – Moussa (Dembele) is back, Harry (Kane) is back, Stevie (Bergwijn) is back, everyone wants to play again and everyone is motivated.”
“It’s been a very busy three months,” Son joked.