Son Heung-Min has apologised ahead of leaving Tottenham to represent South Korea at the Asian Cup, with Spurs looking to land a first major trophy for 11 yearsThe 26-year-old missed three games earlier in the campaign to play for the country at the Asian Games – helping South Korea to a victory which earned him exemption from military service.Though Son will miss South Korea’s opening two group matches in the United Arab Emirates, he will join up after the Premier League visit of Manchester United on January 13.If Paulo Bento’s side reach February’s final Son could miss as many as four matches of Spurs’ season, including the Premier League games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle as well as the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And with the north Londoners attempting to mount a title challenge alongside Liverpool and Manchester City, Son has lamented the timing of his latest international call-up.”Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September [Asian Games],” he said.”I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff.”It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country.”I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”Since returning from the Asian Games, Son has recaptured some of his best form with eight goals and five assists in his 16 top-flight appearances.The ex-Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen forward admits he was jaded following his exploits for his country but is ready to rise to the big occasion once again.”I was tired after the Asian Games because in that tournament it was playing after [every] two or three days,” he added.”It is very important to be right mentally at the Asian Cup and to come back with a strong mind and be strong physically.”It [November] was a turning point for me because I was tired and I didn’t travel.”It was good to have this time, some days off, and hard sessions with the team. But the Asian Cup is big for us because we have not won it for 59 years.”I’m going there not just to enjoy it, I am going there to win something and come back with confidence.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traffic is flat, but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to 2Q profit by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:50 am MDT ATLANTA – Delta is spending less on fuel these days, and that’s helping the airline make money even though passengers aren’t doing much more flying.Delta officials said Wednesday that summer bookings were strong, with passengers paying 2 per cent more per mile so far in July, a performance they expect to repeat in August.Business travel is healthy, with particular demand from people in the banking and finance sector, they said.“We expect 2013 will be one of Delta’s most profitable years ever,” CEO Richard Anderson said on a conference call with analysts.Shares of Delta rose 57 cents, or 2.8 per cent, to $21.02 in afternoon trading.Delta Air Lines Inc. reported that net income in the second quarter was $685 million, or 80 cents per share. That compares with a $168 million loss a year earlier, when the world’s second-biggest airline was weighed down by accounting losses tied to bets on fuel prices.The Atlanta-based company said that excluding special items, it would have earned 98 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 95 cents per share.Delta is beefing up its presence in New York, including buying 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic airlines to bolster its position on the New York-London route. Last week, Delta said that it planned to hire 300 more pilots starting in November.The airline recently announced that it would begin paying a quarterly dividend in September, and it authorized a $500 million program to buy back stock to make remaining shares more valuable.Second-quarter revenue was about flat at $9.71 billion — $300 million less than analysts expected, according to a survey by FactSet — as traffic rose only 0.5 per cent.Delta increased passenger-carrying capacity less than 1 per cent, and 84.8 per cent of seats were filled on the average flight. While that was slightly below the year-ago figure of 85.1 per cent, it was still very high by historical standards.Delta’s fuel bill was $2.6 billion, or $710 million less than a year ago, when it took a $561 million fuel-hedging loss. Excluding the 2012 hedging loss, Delta still spent $288 million less on fuel. Costs other than fuel rose 2.5 per cent, less than Delta originally forecast. Overall, operating costs declined 8 per cent.The company ended the quarter on June 30 with 908 aircraft, including 181 smaller planes used by regional affiliates, and nearly 80,000 employees.