Son Heung Min, Tottenham's South Korean goal machine has been enjoying a sublime season in front of the goal and has been on top of his game across competitions but he could soon be off to his native country to serve in the military service for 21 months while missing the Premier League for the concerned tenure.
Tottenham could lose 18-goal forward Heung-Min Son for two years to the South Korean Army, The Sun have revealed.
It means the in-form Tottenham ace could get a free pass if his country shines during Russian Federation 2018.
While his flurry of goals are going down well in North London, there are concerns in Seoul that they may dry up before the Koreans face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F of the World Cup in June.
But with that an unlikely scenario - the national team's best effort since co-hosting was reaching the last 16 in 2010 - Son has two other get-out routes.
"No player can maintain his best form all season long".
And in any event, he would be expected to help lead their attempt to retain the Asian Cup.
Son if manages to convince the government of his Premier League heroics and earn the pass, he would still have to miss out four weeks of football with Tottenham as four weeks of basic military training is necessary for every youth in the country.
They won it last time out without Son after his then-club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him in 2014 for the tournament in the UAE.
And Mauricio Pochettino's side played eight matches this season between 5 January and 1 February, which is when the Asian Cup is being held.
"Sonny is very under-rated".
"He's always bubbly whether he plays or not and deserves all the plaudits".