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Injured Son Heung-min out of Korea Republic friendly against Japan

Seoul: Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min will miss Korea Republic's friendly against Japan this week because of injury, the Korea Football Association said.

The hamstring injury forced Son to sit out Spurs' Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last week and Sunday's Premier League win at Aston Villa.

The KFA said in a statement that Son would be "excluded" from the squad for Thursday's game in Yokohama because of the injury.

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While Korea Republic will use the friendly as preparation for the resumption of their Asian Qualifiers campaign in June, the match will serve as a warm-up for Japan ahead of their Group F tie against Mongolia on March 30.

Japan are top of the group with a perfect record of 12 points with Mongolia bottom with three points from five matches. Mongolia play third-placed Tajikistan on Thursday.

Korea, seeking a 10th consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals, are second in Group H with eight points from four matches, one behind Turkmenistan.

They will host the remaining Group H fixtures with Paulo Bento's team scheduled to play Turkmenistan on June 3, followed by DPR Korea (June 7), Sri Lanka (June 11) and Lebanon (June 15).

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