Son Heung-min issues plea to fans ahead of four-week military service camp

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min has been forced to put out a statement aimed at keeping fans away from his military service drills.

The South Korean forward will soon start a mandatory four-week training camp back home, but there had been concern that fans would break coronavirus measures in order to catch a glimpse of the star in action.

Gatherings of people are still prohibited in South Korea despite the country's impressive record of identifying coronavirus cases, and Son has urged fans and reporters to stay away while he undertakes his duties.

"As large gatherings have been discouraged due to the COVID-19 virus and as we are working to comply with government policy, we will not be opening this event up to the public," a statement on his Facebook page read, via Sky Sports.

"This decision is being made to ensure the safety of the fans and reporters and to prevent any dangerous situations from arising.

"Thank you for your understanding. Heung Min Son looks forward to completing his military duty and doing his best at the training facility."

Son is currently recovering from a broken arm he sustained in Tottenham's win over Aston Villa in February, and so would have been absent even if Spurs were playing matches.

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