South Korea were dealt a heavy blow in their qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2018 when they traveled to play the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in the gulf nation.
The Taegeuk Warriors suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Al-Annabi that has thwarted their safe passage to automatic qualification to their 9th consecutive world cup finals appearance.
If that was not enough, their star mid fielder Son Heung-min suffered a suspected arm fracture during the match. The Tottenham star was injured during an attempt at an aerial challenge in the 33rd minute. Son seemed to be in considerable amount of pain after the attempted challenge and was seen clutching his right hand immediately.
He had to be substituted after the injury and was escorted down the tunnel with an ice pack on his arm by the medical staffs. The Korean coach Uli Stielike told the media that he was suspecting his star man to have had an unfortunate fracture.
“We have to have a scan, it may be broken,” said Stielike, “It’s not good”. The Korean Football Association also released a statement on the situation.
“Son is suspected of having his arm broken. Our team doctor had the arm braced before being scanned when the team arrives back here this afternoon.”
The 24 year old attacking midfielder had been in red hot form for his club in the recently concluded season. He netted 21 times in all competition for the North London club and won the Premier League Player of the Month Award twice (only player last season with this accolade).
South Korea are currently second in Group A with 13 points from 8 games behind already qualified Iran and ahead of third placed Uzbekistan who have 12 points from as many games. Syria are fourth with 9 points followed by Qatar and China who have 7 and 6 points respectively.
The second placed team will automatically qualify for the world cup in Russia alongside Iran, with the third placed team needing to go through two rounds of play offs for the same.