Heung-Min Son is still on track to be exempt from military service from his nation South Korea.
The Tottenham Hotspurs star is currently participating in the Asian Games. He is chasing a gold medal, which, combined with an Olympic podium finish, is only way that he would not have to do military service for his home country.
Son has helped his side reach the final of the competition. Should he win that, he will be excused. But if the 26-year-old was to lose the final, he would face two years of obligatory duty.
“I feel sorry because Tottenham is my team and I feel very sorry for my team-mates and coaching staff.
“But I am playing for my country and that is also important. But honestly I feel very sorry about that. That is what I feel.”
On the Asian Games, the attacker said.
“We haven’t won it already. We are going there to win something and winning trophies for my country is always good. I am going there to win something, to win games. I don’t travel there for nothing.”
South Korea bowed out the World Cup but faced some still competition along the way.
“I was disappointed a little bit but we finished well against Germany,” he said. “Our country was happy because they were No.1 in the FIFA rankings and the defending World Cup champions.
“For me, it’s always a bit disappointing because I expect more than the group stage. I wanted to stay longer than we did. But it was a good experience to play at the World Cup and I look forward to playing in another in four years.”