Son Heung-min was passed fit for South Korea to start their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Thursday at Education City Stadium.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker broke an eye socket in the Champions League match against Marseille on November 1 and wore a face mask to face the South Americans.
His availability was a big boost for coach Paulo Bento as the Koreans looked to get their Group H campaign off to a winning start.
Son fell one goal short of becoming South Korea’s joint World Cup top scorer and only the country’s second player to score in three separate World Cups after Park Ji-sung, who scored once in each of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 tournaments .
Uruguay started the game with a front two from Darwin Nunez and Luis Suarez as Edinson Cavani still struggled to shake off an ankle injury.