By Matt Farr
Tottenham first-team duo Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are set to miss the start of the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, according to a report.
The Times claim that Lamela is unlikely to be available to make his long-awaited return from a hip injury until October, having missed the majority of the previous campaign.
The 25-year-old managed just 14 appearances in all competitions last term before suffering his latest devastating injury blow, and after undergoing several operations, is currently stepping up his recovery back in Argentina.
But it is also claimed that Tottenham team-mate Rose, who was a regular first-team player under Mauricio Pochettino last term, is also set to miss the opening fixtures of the upcoming Premier League season.
The injury status of his two stars will come as no surprise to Pochettino, but the Tottenham boss would have hoped to have had at least one of his crocked stars at his disposal at the start of August.
As such, the stalled recovery of two of his senior men will come as the latest crushing setback to his pre-season preparations.
However, unlike the Argentina international, the England full-back could be in line to return as early as mid-August, meaning he could only be set to miss out on a couple of matches.
The 26-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since January, although it was initially hoped that he could return to action after just a five-week absence.
But his knee problem has persisted, and after going under the knife last month, he is not likely to play a major part of Tottenham’s pre-season schedule.