Pochettino delivers Lamela injury update ahead of Tottenham clash against Crystal Palace
By Danny Wright
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Erik Lamela is “close” to returning to action, hinting that he may feature after the upcoming international break that follows Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace.
Lamela, 25, has been sidelined for over a year due to a hip injury that has seen him go under knife on multiple occasions in a bid to get him back playing.
The 23-times Argentina international was in the form of his Spurs career before he was dealt with a bitter blow last October.
Pochettino has recently suggested that Lamela was in line for a return last month against West Ham in the League Cup but he was left out of the squad to continue his recovery.
Now, speaking in his pre-match press conference before Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace at Wembley, Pochettino has confirmed that there are no “mental” barriers holding the player back.
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“I think he’s close, maybe after the international break,” he said, as quoted by freelance journalist Paul Brown on his personal Twitter account.
Glimmer of hope on Lamela? Poch: "I think he’s close, maybe after the international break." Insists his issue is "real" not "mental" #thfc
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) November 3, 2017
Lamela struggled to adapt to life in North London after signing for Tottenham from Roma in 2013.
However Pochettino managed to get the best out of the attacker in the early fixtures of last season where he scored two goals and supplied seven assists in 14 appearances across all competitions.
It seems hard to figure where exactly Lamela would fit in to the first-team should he return.
Spurs are flying high after a 3-1 win against Real Madrid last week and have tended to steer away from playing wingers with wing-backs the preferred choice.
In other Tottenham news, as well as Lamela, this Spurs senior trio has been ruled out of the clash against Palace.