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Mauricio Pochettino: 'Son Heung-min ready to start against Newcastle'

Mauricio Pochettino: 'Son Heung-min ready to start against Newcastle'
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The South Korea international missed the start of the season through suspension.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min is in "perfect condition" to start his season.

The South Korean is back in the fold after missing the first two games of the campaign due to suspension and he could start against Newcastle on Sunday.

His absence over the first few weeks of the season has allowed him to work hard in training and Pochettino hopes he can hit the ground running.

Mauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min has been working hard in training
Mauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min has been working hard in training (Adam Davy/PA)

"I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas," the Argentinian said.

"We are happy (that) in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session and I hope it's going to help the team from now.

"I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season, which sometimes when you're involved in competition is difficult.

"For him, looking at last season, which was really, really complicated for him and difficult, we used that situation and tried to be positive in helping him to get really fit to help him and the team because the pre-season is so important for every player.

"But sometimes the priority is holidays and, this type of situation with him, it was clear that he was going to be suspended for two games, and the plan was to provide him with good quality training to improve in different areas and, when the moment (comes and) he is available to play, to be in the perfect condition."

Spurs will be favourites to hand down a third successive defeat to Newcastle, which would add further pressure on Steve Bruce.

But Pochettino insists it is too early to judge.

"It is only the beginning, the Premier League is so tough and is so difficult," he added. "I have a good relationship with Steve.

"We are going to play them, but it is only the beginning of the season. No one can be worried.

"We are in a process, nearly all of the clubs. Only Manchester City or Liverpool can say they keep all of the dynamic (from last season).

"The rest of the human people and clubs, we try to find our best dynamic to try and perform in that tough league. We all need time to get the reward and perform in the way we want."

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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