Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela could make the bench for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Brom at Wembley, according to a reliable journalist.
The 25-year-old has been out injured with a serious hip problem and has not played for Spurs since the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool in October 2016.
However, according to Pochettino, he has a chance of making the substitutes bench this weekend, if he tells his manager that he’s ready after training on Friday.
Gold, the Tottenham correspondent for football.london, broke the news on his official Twitter account earlier today.
Poch just told me that Erik Lamela has a small chance of being on the bench against West Brom on Saturday if the player tells him after tomorrow's training session that he feels ready. Otherwise he may play in the U23s match at Man City to keep building his confidence in his hips
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) November 23, 2017
Lamela returned to training last month and finally returned to action for the Spurs under-23 side on Saturday, playing an hour in the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.
If he does not make the bench for the Spurs first-team on Saturday, he could feature again for the under-23 team against Manchester City to rebuild his confidence and match fitness.
Spurs are currently fourth in the Premier League table and will be looking to bounce back from the 2-0 north London derby defeat to Arsenal in their last league match. They are currently nine points behind the unbeaten league leaders Manchester City.
Lamela joined Spurs from Roma in 2013. His best season in a Spurs shirt so far came in 2015/16 where he scored 11 goals in all competitions.