Pochettino rules Tottenham attacker out of clash v West Ham

By Danny Wright

Mauricio Pochettino has ruled attacking midfielder Erik Lamela out of Wednesday night’s League Cup clash with West Ham at Wembley.

Spurs manager Pochettino had revealed last week that Lamela was in line to make a stunning comeback from serious injury against the Hammers this week and potentially earn himself a spot on the bench.

But now, in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Pochettino has been indirectly quoted by ESPN journalist Ben Peace on his personal Twitter account as confirming that the Argentine attacker will take no part in the London derby clash.

The Tottenham manager has also made it clear that he will not “risk” any of his players who may be in need of a rest, suggesting changes to his side for the League Cup tie.

Lamela has not played for Tottenham since suffering a serious hip injury in late October last year, meaning he will now be out of action for over 12 months with him set to miss the game against West Ham.

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He was ever-present for Spurs last term before his injury blow, making 14 appearances, scoring two goals and supplying seven assists in what was no doubt the ex-Roma attacker’s best form he had ever had in North London.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs have confirmed a major injury boost ahead of the West Ham game.

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