Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min may have to miss the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday due to the new concussion regulations implemented in the league. The winger was forced off the pitch with an apparent head injury during Spurs’ Champions League encounter with Olympique Marseille.
Chancel Mbema gave the hosts the lead in the second minute of the first-half added time. However, Antonio Conte’s side restored parity soon after the break, with Clement Lenglet scoring the equaliser.
Pierre Emile Hojbjerg then proved clutch for Spurs and grabbed the match-winning goal in the fifth minute of added time to send Spurs through to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League. They ended up topping their group with 11 points, finishing a solitary point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt in second place.
However, it wasn’t all good news for the Londoners who had to deal with the loss of star attacker Son just after the half-hour mark. He ended up featuring in an advertent clash of the heads with Mbema and fell to the ground immediately looking dazed.
After receiving treatment on the pitch, Conte was told that the South Korean forward was in no shape to continue as he had failed the immediate concussion tests. According to concussion protocols, he was immediately taken off the pitch and replaced by midfielder Yves Bissouma instead.
Now, according to Premier League’s new regulations, Son is likely to miss Spurs’ top-flight match against Liverpool next weekend. The Premier League and the English FA introduced fresh guidelines and rules which state that after a concussion, any player must stay away from the football pitch for at least six days. That regulation will prevent Son from taking part in training or matches until Monday at the earliest.
The next time the 29-year-old could feature for his club side will probably be in their all-Premier League Carabao Cup tie away at Nottingham Forest on November 11.