Son Heung-min, who took off his face protection mask during the game on New Year's Day, revealed the reason why he wore the protector again a few days later.
In an interview published by the British Evening Standard, Son Heung-min explained that he continues to wear his mask because of his parents' concerns and advice from medical staff.
He suffered an orbital fracture during a Champions League match against Marseille in November of last year and was on the operating table, and has been playing with a mask since the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Since the mask covers the area around the eyes, there are bound to be inconveniences such as narrowing the field of vision.
Son Heung-min said, "It's definitely different from when I played without a mask. My eyesight is fine, but when the ball comes to me, I get annoyed because I can't see the ball because of the mask." No," he said.
In the end, Son Heung-min took off his mask in the 19th minute of the first half against Aston Villa on the 1st and played with his bare face until the end of the game.
He recalled the situation at the time, saying, "I was receiving the ball, but suddenly I couldn't see it, so I missed it. I was really frustrated and angry."
However, Son Heung-min played full-time wearing a mask again in the match against Crystal Palace on the 5th, and only took off the mask for a while and roared to his heart's content only when he scored in the 27th minute of the second half, breaking the silence of the goal for about 3 months.
Son Heung-min said, "If I were alone, I would of course take off my mask and play. But my parents, family, and friends are all worried. There is a possibility of bumping into someone again." Before and after) I was eating dinner and he asked me, 'What happened to the mask?
"The medical team also said, 'It's your choice, but we recommend wearing a mask,' because it's only been 7 weeks since the surgery and the risk is still high," he added.
When asked how long he should wear the mask, Son Heung-min replied, "Let's see."
Meanwhile, he confided that his goal against Crystal Palace took a load off his shoulders.
This score was the 4th goal in the league (the 6th goal of the season) in 9 games after scoring a hat-trick against Leicester City in September of last year.
Son Heung-min said, "To be honest, 'frustration' is the wrong word. I felt sorry for my colleagues and fans because I had higher expectations than I had done before." Do it. That's the most important thing."
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