Tottenham star Son Heung-min forced to self-isolate for two weeks on return from South Korea over coronavirus fears.
The 27-year-old flew to Seoul, just 150 miles from two of the worst affected areas in the country, for the operation before government protocols on travel to and from South Korea were introduced.
Son had wanted the same surgeon who helped him recover from a similar injury he suffered in 2017 that left him with a metal plate in his right arm.
Boss Jose Mourinho said: “I think the normal advice comes from the authorities, comes from the government. I’m not going to make any comment, I’m nobody, I’m no specialist.
“I just get the legal advice and what my club gets from authorities, and of course we follow everything.
“That’s why I’m saying that Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately here.
(Where he will be?) “I don’t know how to be specific with that, I just know we have to follow some safety protocols.”
Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately here
“Jose Mourinho On Son Heung-Min
Son is currently recuperating in Korea and is due back in England this week.”
Yet the former Bayer Leverkusen ace will be kept away from Tottenham’s Enfield training ground for two weeks as he regains fitness.
Son had initally been ruled out of action for the rest of the season with a fracture he sustained in the win at Villa Park when colliding with Ezri Konsa.
But Mourinho has now revealed that he could feature at some point with a cast.
He added: “That’s another hope but of course we’re far from it.”
Mourinho is already without Harry Kane until the final weeks of the season at the very earliest, following a hamstring injury on New Year’s Day.
However, SunSport revealed that the England captain is targeting a return in early April as he bids to play in Euro 2020 this summer.
Meanwhile, the Premier League may be forced to hold emergency crisis talks to decide whether Liverpool can be crowned champions if coronavirus wipes out the end of the season.
The Reds are currently just 12 points away from clinching their first title since 1990, which will become nine should Manchester City lose a game.
While there is no suggestion the campaign will be axed, there is no contingency plan in the league’s own regulations which addresses what would happen if the season had to be scrapped before it is completed.