By Phil Blanche, Press Association Sport
Published: 12:32 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 12:33 GMT, 2 January 2019
Son Heung-min admits he is sad to be leaving Tottenham's trophy chase to play at the Asian Cup.
The South Korea forward has been in tremendous form and scored his eighth goal in nine games as Spurs reclaimed second spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 New Year's Day win at Cardiff.
But Son will head for international duty after Tottenham's league game against Manchester United on January 13, and could miss up to five matches because of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Son Heung-Min has expressed his sadness to be leaving Tottenham's title challenge this month
'Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September,' said Son, referring to his involvement for South Korea at the Asian Games earlier this season.
'I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff. It's difficult.
'Sometimes you think it's a bit sad, but it is also important for my country.
'I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.'
Should tournament favourites South Korea reach the Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi on February 1, Son could potentially