Son believes Spurs can cope in his absence

Son Heung-min expressed his dismay at missing Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax but believes his colleagues would deliver without him.

The South Korea forward produced a stunning display in the quarter-final tie against Man City where he bagged three goals in both legs.

But that didn’t come without a price as he picked up his second yellow card of the competition in the second leg at City.

Meaning he would be suspended for the first leg of the semi-final encounter against Ajax next week.

But Son is positive his team-mates can cope against Ajax.

“I try to be positive but missing this semi-final makes me so sad, so disappointed,” he said via Football365.

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“I’m a very positive guy, I’m very comfortable with the lads so I’ll probably be more nervous watching in the stands than when I play.

“But I trust my team, I trust my players, I trust this stadium so I’m not worried about it.

“Saturday is more important for me, so I’ll give everything for my team to get three points and then Champions League is next.

“I want to play every single game. I’m the guy who enjoys my football, with joy and of course I want to play the semi-final.

“It’s the first for this team and myself as well.

“As I said, I’m very sad and disappointed but I am looking forward to watching this unbelievable game in our stadium, with our lads. I think I’m going to enjoy it.”

Missing the game next week will at least give Son the chance to rest his legs and it will be a timely break as he has played 50 games this season for club and country.

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