Son Heung-min is set to miss the start of the new Premier League season to deliver another blow to Mauricio Pochettino's plans.
The Tottenham star has been called up by South Korea to play in next month’s Asian Games.
Pochettino does not have to release Son as it’s not an official FIFA tournament in Indonesia.
But the Spurs boss has no plans to stand in the striker’s way - despite sweating over the availability of his World Cup players.
Spurs had 12 players at the World Cup and they will be afforded little rest ahead of the big kick-off on August 11 at Newcastle.