Drop outs expected for Bento side

South Korea will play two matches in October following on from Bento's successful friendlies earlier this month. The 2019 Asian Cup is fast approaching and the Portuguese man is keen to find his best eleven before this.

It is understood he is set to be hit with big-name call offs with it being expected after Son Heung-min's performance at the Asian Games he will be rested during the matches with Urguary and Panama. 

Paulo Bento took over with South Korea after the World Cup and his start with the national side has been a positive one. This was seen as his side picked up a win against Costa Rica and then followed this up with a draw with Chile. 

Then with key games happening for some of his players around Europe, it is expected he will not have a full squad to pick from in October. 

With Son Heung-min especially having a full schedule and no real rest in over a year. As the Spurs attacker played at the World Cup and then went back for pre-season with his club Tottenham before next travelling to play at the Asian Games in Indonesia. 

To show the amount of travelling the player has done since the end of last season, Son has crossed international borders ten times and he is scheduled to play in the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

It is then thought Spurs will discuss withdrawing him from South Korea's friendlies against Uruguay and Panama in the middle of next month, having already confirmed that he will miss the two friendlies in November and the first two games of the Asian Cup – in exchange for releasing him for the Asian Games.

Son Heung-min said while with the national side earlier in the month, "It's not just me. I can't use tiredness as an excuse. It is not just me I am playing for when representing my country. I can not play if am not fully fit as I have a responsibility to try my best." It will be interesting to see what side steps on the pitch when South Korea host Uruguay on the 11th November 2018. 

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