Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the Premier League outfit have sent crocked attacker Erik Lamela back to former club Roma in a bid to have him back fit again.
The Argentina international has suffered a complex hip injury and has not feature for the White Hart Lane side for a number of months.
With Lamela still unavailable and struggling to recover, the ex-River Plate has been sent back to the Serie A outfit, where he has a strong relationship with Roma’s physiotherapist.
Pochettino has stated that the South American should be back in Tottenham training within a few weeks and that talk he could miss the remainder of the campaign was untrue.
“Of course he will play again this season,” The Guardian quote the Spurs boss as saying.
“First of all, the injury was nothing. Then, it was a little bit and then, it was that minor problem still, still, still, every day. Then, he had the problem with his brother. He went to Argentina. Stop. Then he came back, and that affected a little bit his mind and now he was recovering very slowly.
“And it’s for that, he is very anxious. ‘Oh, I need to go to see …’ OK. Good. It’s good for you to change and maybe you improve quick if, in your mind, you change [the scene].
“It’s always difficult for the player who spends a lot of time [out] – more time than he believes and we believe. With the energy of the team, sometimes he’s frustrated that he cannot be involved and today it’s only him that is out of the group [with an injury].”
Lamela was one of the seven players Tottenham bought with the money they made from the sale of Gareth Bale in 2013 and has been a rare success of those brought to White Hart Lane.
The Argentine had a slow start to life in the Premier League but his importance for Spurs has grown considerably over the last 12 monts.
Lamela was a starter in the Tottenham team that excelled last season, providing goals and assists for Pochettino’s young side.