Son Heung-min is wearing a mask on the Qatar World Cup as South Korea face Brazil within the last-16 of the match.
The Tottenham striker received a health battle to function on the World Cup regardless of struggling a fracture round his left eye throughout a Champions League match against Marseille.
The 30-year-old was compelled off injured within the first-half of the 2-1 win over OM on 1 November and subsequently required surgical procedure.
The incident occurred following a shoulder to the face from Chancel Mbemba.
But after three weeks, Son was cleared to hitch up with the Tigers of Asia.
Son joined up together with his teammates earlier than the World Cup and can sport a black protecting mask, with supervisor Paulo Bento imposing a group gag order on discussing his star participant’s well being for the opener against Uruguay.
“We should check and analyse day by day, let him come,” Bento stated. “We have time to make the right decisions and the best decisions for all of us.”
Son was decided to function on the World Cup for his nation, including within the build-up to Qatar 2022: “I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support I have received over the last week. I have read so many of them and truly, truly appreciate you all. In a tough time I received a lot of strength from you!
“Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too.”
Should Son require a few video games to regain his sharpness, then the Taegeuk Warriors could lean on the likes of Hwang Hee-Chan, Hwang Ui-Jo and Lee Jae-Sung to ship within the last third.