Son Heung-min on Conte’s horror, why he didn’t have surgery sooner and Postecoglou’s role for him

For Son Heung-min, last season was a painful one in every respect as he was unable to recreate the form for Tottenham that earned him the Premier League Golden Boot in the previous campaign.

It was only after the end of the season that it was discovered that the 31-year-old South Korean star had played much of the season with a problem that required him to have surgery for a sports hernia after the last game of the season at Leeds United. Son had tried to keep the issue quiet, but he ended up having to talk about it back in his home country.

Now fully fit but yet to play a pre-season game after Spurs’ friendly against Leicester in Thailand was washed out, Son looks happy again with a new head coach in the form of Ange Postecoglou.

“It was really hard moments. I’m the type that always hides the pain. I really didn’t want it to come out officially that I had the surgery, but I’m fine, I feel fresh. I feel like a new man,” Son said during the club’s summer tour.

“Last season, the whole season with pain. It was unbelievable. I can’t even think about the pain, you know. Now I’m really good, healthy. The physios are still working on it, because it’s only been a week, 10 days, so I’m looking forward to being in good shape. I’m ready to rock’n’roll.”

He added: “[Last season] I was in pain every single moment, literally. It sounds strange, but every turn, running, stopping, passing, kicking, it affected everything. It was strange because in normal life, when I didn’t exercise, it felt fine, so I walked excitedly on the track because I didn’t have pain when I walked. As soon as I was on the field for a warm-up I would be frustrated because the pain is there, every action, twist, pass, kick… finally I made the decision at the end of the season to have surgery and I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

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Some wondered why Son didn’t have surgery earlier in the campaign for a problem that was clearly hampering him. It’s a simple answer, he didn’t want to leave Tottenham for what would have been a long period as they struggled to perform under Antonio Conte.

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