Jamie Carragher slams the timing of the Qatar World Cup as ‘absolutely disgusting’ after Son Heung-min’s eye injury in Tottenham’s win saw him face a race against time to be fit for the South Korea national team.
Jamie Carragher has criticized the “disgusting” timing of the Qatar World Cup as Tottenham striker Son Heung-min faces a race against time to overcome injury.
The South Korea national team captain was forced to leave during Tottenham’s Champions League match in Marseille on Tuesday night after sustaining an eye injury.
Son received a blow to his left cheekbone during his side’s 2-1 win and had to leave the field with his eye bulging out – although he was able to celebrate their progress to the last 16 afterwards.
Son Heung-min sustained a head injury in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Marseille on Tuesday night
The South Korean talisman seems to be visibly upset after suffering a bad-looking injury
The 30-year-old has just over three weeks to recover before South Korea’s opening match against Uruguay on November 24.
This comes after Frenchman Raphael Varane and Portugal’s Diogo Jota were excluded from the first ever Winter World Cup after they suffered injuries while playing with their clubs.
Liverpool legend Carragher criticized FIFA’s decision to change the timing of the tournament from its usual summer date to the middle of the season.
“I think it’s an absolute shame that the World Cup is in place, for so many reasons,” Carragher said on CBS Sports.
It was rotten for Qatar to win the World Cup, we knew that at the time.
Jamie Carragher criticized the decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar in the middle of the season
The tournament in Qatar has been moved from its usual summer status to mid-season
They campaigned in the summer, it is impossible to have a World Cup in the summer with the temperatures, being moved to the situation which is now in the middle of the season.
“Players who have spent their whole lives dreaming of playing in the World Cup can now do so [out injured] – As seen with Son and players around the world.
Varane was crying as he walked off the field at Stamford Bridge. That’s how close we are to the World Cup.
An injury, an injury for 10 days or two weeks, will keep players out of the World Cup and should not happen.
A lump appeared on the side of Sun’s face after Chancel Mpimba grabbed him
Son was escorted down the tunnel before the break after suffering a head injury in Marseille
It all started with FIFA awarding and then transferring the World Cup to Qatar. I think it’s very disgusting.
After the match, Tottenham assistant Christian Stellini said: “We have to wait for the medical evaluation, and we have to wait until tomorrow.
Sonny is feeling better now, I saw him in the dressing room and he celebrated with us. It’s his face and his eyes are a little swollen.
Pierre-Emile Hojberg’s goal in the 95th minute ensured Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Marseille to top their group and reach the Champions League knockout stage as a seeded team in the draw.
But Antonio Conte’s side had to come from behind again, with Clement Lenglet canceling Chancel Mbemba’s opener for the French club.