Tottenham striker Son Heung-min could be forced to leave the club for two years to join the South Korean Army.
According to national law, all men must do 21 months of National Service before the age of 28.
Son is free to play for Spurs until 2019 before he would be expected to join the Korean Military. The move would rule him out of contention for Tottenham’s 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
The South Korean Army however, does provide exemptions for sports stars who perform exceptionally at major tournaments.
Son is therefore likely to receive a free-pass if his country performs well at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
If South Korea were to win either the 2018 Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup the Spurs man could also expect an exemption from duty.
If the former Bayer Leverkusen star refused to join up with the Army he would face a jail term alongside over 400 other people currently imprisoned for desertion.
Son, 25, has been an instrumental part of Tottenham’s domestic and European campaigns this season – scoring 18 goals and providing nine assists in 43 games.
With that in mind, fans did not take well to the news on Twitter that one of their most in-form players might be leaving the club…