Tottenham's Son Heung-min leaves the field injured

Heung-Min Son: Tottenham confirm that the forward will undergo surgery on a fracture around the eye

Heung-Min Son will undergo surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye after sustaining the injury in Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Marseille on Tuesday.

The South Korean forward sustained the injury in the first half of the comeback victory in France, which ensured Spurs qualified for the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.

Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m

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Spurs have not given a time frame for the 30-year-old’s return, with the World Cup starting on November 20. Tottenham vs Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Premier Leagueon Sunday.

A statement from the club on Wednesday evening read: “We can confirm that Heung-Min Son will undergo surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye.

“The South Korea international suffered the injury in the first half of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League win at Olympique Marseille.

“Following surgery, Son will begin rehabilitation with our medical staff and we will update supporters further in due course.”

Spurs’ attacking options are currently depleted, with Dejan Kulusevski (hamstring) and Richarlison (calf) unavailable for selection.

Spurs matches before the World Cup

Tottenham vs Liverpool, Premier League – Sunday 6 November; kick-off 16.30, live on Sky Sports

Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham, Carabao Cup – Wednesday 9 November; kick-off 19.45

Tottenham v Leeds, Premier League – Saturday 12 November; kick-off 3 p.m

Merson: Spurs progress to round of 16 but need to improve

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Paul Merson reacts to Tottenham’s late win away to Marseille that sent them through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners

Tottenham’s 2-1 victory in Marseille on Wednesday looked hardly possible in the opening 45 minutes as Spurs appeared dazed and confused by their hosts’ relentless attack.

Spurs were a different proposition after the break and took control after Clement Lenglet’s equaliser. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit the crossbar for the visitors but Marseille should have scored late on when Sead Kolasinac somehow missed an open goal with a header.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Tottenham must improve if they are to progress in the competition after reaching the last 16.

“The Spurs couldn’t put three passes together in the first half,” Merson said Soccer Special. “As soon as they started making more passes, the game opened up for them and they were a threat. They managed the game well.

“Tottenham did very well in the second half but when you get to the last 16 you can’t keep giving teams the edge. It will catch up with you sooner rather than later.

“When the shackles are off and the fear is taken out of the game, Spurs have some good players who can move the ball very quickly. But they don’t, they sit back. Kane was literally 35 yards from his own goal in the first half. They had no outlet , they have to take chances sometimes.It’s too negative for me.

“You can’t keep giving teams the edge. They’ve been lucky in a couple of games like Bournemouth on Saturday and again today against an average team in Marseille.”

“Conte is very tired – he lived the game in the crowd”

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Tim Sherwood says results are being lost over cracks at Tottenham and Antonio Conte needs to change the mentality of the team against big teams

Spurs’ place in the last 16 was not guaranteed until Hojbjerg won it with the last kick of the game to secure top spot in Group D.

With Marseille needing a win to go through and defeat knocking Spurs out, it was a night of danger for the Premier League side in a hostile environment in Provence.

Conte, who celebrates a year in charge on Wednesday, was forced to watch from the stands because of his red card following the VAR controversy against Sporting Lisbon last week, which meant Tottenham’s qualification fate went down to the last game.

And the Italian was put through the wringer as his side produced a listless first half, deservedly falling behind to Chancel Mbemba’s header.

The second half was a different story though and Lenglet put Spurs back in control with a header of his own in the 54th minute.

But with Marseille needing just a goal to send them out, it was a nervy night until Hojbjerg’s late intervention. And it was not a night that Conte enjoyed.

Cristian Stellini said: “I had the opportunity to talk to Antonio. He was very tired. He lived the game in the crowd, it’s not normal. Maybe he spent more energy in the stands than he normally spends on the sidelines.

“It was a very difficult first half. In the difficulties we did not lose our minds. We stayed in the game. It was terrible the goal we conceded because from a corner they took it quickly and we were not prepared.

“It’s an important lesson for the future. But in the second half something changed and we talked in the dressing room about the energy we need in the second half and how we have to press them and counter the game. In this kind of stadium and this kind of game , a knockout, it’s not very easy.

“Astadion was very hot in the first half and sometimes it is normal to give the opponent the opportunity to play, to use the energy you have in the second half. It can also be a strategy. We have to try to play everything. the 90 minutes at the same level. “

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