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Son may need a rest, warns South Korea coach

AFP  |  Al-Ain (UAE) 

South Korea's warned that Hotspur star may have to be eased in gently when he arrives at the Asian Cup after a frantic few months for club and country.

Son has played nearly 1,000 minutes in 16 games for Spurs already this season, on top of his appearances at last year's and Korea's title run at

He will arrive in the on Monday, a day after clash with Manchester United, and Portuguese said he was mindful of the player's workload.

"After he arrives we will see what we are going to do in the game against We will talk and then we are going to take the best decisions for the team," said Bento.

"So we need to wait for the game that probably he's going to play on Sunday and then check everything he's done in the last months, because he played a lot of games."

South Korea, the 2015 runners-up, have laboured to 1-0 wins over debutants the and without Son, who sat out the Group C openers under a deal with

However, the Koreans are safely into the last 16 ahead of Wednesday's group decider against China, who hit form in a 3-0 demolition of the on Friday.

Bento said would continue to play the same way with or without Son, the most prolific Asian in history.

"We are not going to change our way of playing when we have with us," Bento said, after the narrow win over on Friday.

"What I think we are going to do is improve our collective game, try to attack better than we have played until now. Of course a with the quality that Son has, and in the form that he is in at this moment, can help the team.

"But we need to wait until the game against or the knockout phase."

Only Lee Min-jae's first-half header separated the teams in Al Ain, but could have had more as they hit the crossbar three times in the second half.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 19:15 IST