Football: Spurs lose Son to broken arm suffered in win over Villa in blow to Champions League hopes

South Korean star Son Heung-min holding his arm in pain during the match against Aston Villa, on Feb 16, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - South Korean star Son Heung-min has fractured his right arm, his club Tottenham Hotspur said on Tuesday (Feb 18), delivering a blow to their hopes of silverware this season and qualifying for the Champions League next season.

The 27-year-old South Korean international forward suffered the injury in the 3-2 English Premier League victory over Aston Villa - in which he scored twice including the late winner - on Sunday.

Son suffered the injury in a robust first-minute challenge from Villa's Ezri Konsa.

The club did not specify how long he would be out.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is already without star striker Harry Kane - sidelined since January with a torn hamstring - and as the club enters a crucial period. Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is another long-term casualty.

They host German side Leipzig in a Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday and play Chelsea away on Saturday in a Premier League match that could prove pivotal to the fourth and final Champions League spot.

"Heung-min Son is to undergo surgery this week after sustaining a fracture to his right arm," read a Spurs statement.

"The South Korea international suffered the injury during our win against Aston Villa on Sunday.

"Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son's rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks."

Son was in a rich run of form, having scored in each of the last five matches.

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