When Son Heung-min was able to return for Tottenham from muscle injury

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Antonio Conte confirmed on Friday that Son Heung-min has suffered a muscle injury – and admitted that he does not expect to see the South Korean back in action until February.

Son was withdrawn with ten minutes left in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, although Conte has confirmed that he did not make that change due to possible injury problems.

“It was a strange situation because against Chelsea I made two changes together,” Conte explained at his latest press conference. “With Lucas Moura and then Son, but not for injury, substitutions, but just to try to give them some rest, 15 minutes of rest.

“Then the next day he felt a little pain in the muscle, in the leg. He underwent a scan and now we have to do the right evaluation from the doctors.”

Conte then confirmed that he does not expect to see Son until February, after the upcoming international break planned for the end of January.

“I do not know, but he will probably stay without a training session until the end of this cycle, for the international break,” the manager admitted.

Son looks to miss four games in all competitions, but unfortunately for Spurs fans, three of them happen to be huge matches.

In the Premier League, Spurs will face both Arsenal and Chelsea before the end of the month, with the second round of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues coming before these two.

Son will also miss Sunday’s FA Cup match against Morecambe, although he would probably be rested for it anyway.

After the international break, Spurs return to the Premier League against Southampton on February 9, before facing Wolves, Manchester City and Leeds for the rest of the month.

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