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29th Mar, 2017 | 5:16pm

Reliable journalist: This is why Lamela injury saga has dragged on so long at Tottenham

By Will Butcher

The relationship between Erik Lamela and Tottenham’s medical staff has hindered the winger in overcoming a hip problem, according to a reliable journalist.

Lamela, 25, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after it was revealed he was going under the knife to fix the injury on Tottenham’s official Twitter account.

ESPN’s Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick revealed on his personal Twitter account that Argentinian winger Lamela does not trust the Spurs doctors, after failing to play since October.

The former Roma attacker last featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the EFL Cup against Liverpool, before sustaining the hip problem.

Spurs’ number 11 is now set to undergo an operation on Saturday, which will make him unavailable until the 2017-18 season.

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Lamela remains an important part of Pochettino’s squad and was considered first choice in the 18 months before he suffered the injury.

Moving to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 from Serie A giants Roma, the River Plate academy product has featured 121 times for the north London giants.

During his appearances, the winger has had a hand in 50 goals, scoring 19 times and providing 31 assists for his teammates to find the back of the net.

Lamela will be in theatre on the same day Spurs return to action after the international break, as they travel to Lancashire to face Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Saturday.

Three points at Turf Moor against the Clarets could see Pochettino’s side close the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea to just seven points, if the Blues lose to Crystal Palace.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs are reportedly plotting a raid on north London enemies Arsenal to sign this 22-year-old defender.

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