The South Korean will be representing his country at the Rio Olympics.
Tottenham's Heung Min Son scores
The Spurs attacker is representing South Korea at the Olympics and could be in Rio until August 20th should his team make the final.
“First of all, I’m sorry for the team because I’m going to miss the first game of the season,” said the 24-year old. “I’ve had a very good time in the first four weeks of pre-season with the team, the gaffer and the coaching staff.
Son Heung Min celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur
“Now I’m excited to go to Rio and to play for South Korea. This is very special for me, my first time in the Olympics.
“I watched the Olympics in 2012 in London and there were so many great performances there, so many people, so many sports. Everyone is excited. It’s a great feeling,” he added.
Son is South Korea’s talisman and he will be expected to fire them to glory, beginning with Friday’s opening group clash with Fiji.
Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez
Spurs take on Inter in their final pre-season friendly on the same day and Son’s absence will not do his prospects ahead of the new campaign any good.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man endured a difficult debut season, hampered by injury, and failed to impress in pre-season this summer – with particularly uninspired displays against Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Melbourne.
Tottenham's Vincent Janssen in action with Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis
Spurs have signed Vincent Janssen to bolster their frontline and with more attacking recruits likely to follow, Son faces a difficult task to nail down a first-team berth.
He has shown glimpses of his quality in his time in North London but needs to up his consistency if he is to become a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s first XI.