Mauricio Pochettino hopes that Heung-min Son can avoid South Korean national service by inspiring victory in the Asian Games.
The law in South Korea requires all able-bodied men to complete 21 months of military service before they turn 28.
Son celebrated his 26th birthday last month, meaning he is running out of time to do so.
But winning gold at the Asian Games would exempt the Tottenham forward, while success at the 2019 Asian Cup or 2020 Olympic Games could also spare him.
Pochettino is hopeful Son can simplify the situation by inspiring South Korea to victory over Japan on Saturday.
“It’s a subject that we talk about a lot, he was worried and he wanted to deliver the victory and win as he wanted to avoid [national service],” he said.
“It’s not in our hands now what is going to happen, we’ll see what happens.
“But it’s our player and we look after him and care about him but we are positive and hope he can score and win, that is important, and he can be happy and ensure his career here with us.”
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