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(World Cup) Sonny 'will be able to play' vs. Uruguay: coach

19:03 November 23, 2022

By Yoo Jee-ho

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- Injured South Korean captain Son Heung-min will be able to play against Uruguay in the team's first World Cup match on Thursday, head coach Paulo Bento said on the eve of the contest.

"Sonny will be able to play," Bento said at his prematch press conference at the Main Media Centre in Al Rayyan, just west of Doha, on Wednesday.

South Korean captain Son Heung-min adjusts his mask during a training session for the FIFA World Cup at Al Egla Training Site in Doha on Nov. 23, 2022. (Yonhap)

Son has been training while wearing a protective mask, after suffering fractures around his left eye in a collision with an opposing player on Nov. 1. He underwent surgery on Nov. 4, and the match against Uruguay will take place 20 days after the procedure.

It kicks off at 4 p.m. at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

"The fact that he would be wearing a mask is not an inconvenience for him. It's rather natural for him," Bento said. "We have stuck to the plan since we arrived here. The way we integrated him into our group shows it has been natural. We'll see tomorrow how it will be. Our hope is he will feel comfortable to the greatest extent possible. And we will use the best strategy so he will be at ease during the game."



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