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South Korean fans pay tribute to Son Heung-Min’s broken eye socket by donning Zorro-style protective masks in the stands during World Cup opener against Uruguay
South Korean fans at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan have worn replicas of protective face masks in tribute to Son Heung-Min’s orbital injury.
As Paulo Bento’s side took to the field for their World Cup opener against Uruguay, the South Korea captain made his first appearance since being forced out while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
The 30-year-old was seen wearing a protective face mask after recently undergoing surgery following an orbital fracture.
South Korean fans wore face masks during their World Cup opener against Uruguay to pay tribute to Son Heung-Min
Son wore a protective face mask during the match after suffering a broken eye socket earlier this month
South Korean fans who didn’t wear Zorro-esque facewear in tribute to their talisman instead showed their support for the 30-year-old with a series of banners and posters.
Large cut-outs of the former Bayern Leverkusen striker’s face hung on walls in the newly built ground.
Meanwhile, a few Korean fans were pictured with a “you are my Sonshine” poster on the Spurs star’s face.
Son appeared in the game wearing a protective mask after suffering an injury that threatened his involvement in the tournament.
Fans hung huge banners on their star player’s face at Education City Stadium
Supporters at the stadium shared their support for the Tottenham star
Fans also held ‘You are my Sonshine’ banners to celebrate their captain’s return to action
Son suffered a broken eye socket earlier this month following a collision with Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba
In Tottenham’s final European game before the World Cup break, Son suffered a broken eye socket in a collision with Marseille defender Chancel Mbemba.
His country held its breath as medical staff attended to the attacker and he was replaced by Yves Bissouma in the 29th minute.
The attacker underwent successful surgery after the incident to ensure he would be able to represent his country in Qatar.