By Wayne Veysey

3rd Apr, 2017 | 12:41pm

Confirmed: Tottenham 25-year-old granted permission to head to Barcelona

By Harry Sykes

Erik Lamela has been granted permission by Tottenham to be in Barcelona for his rehabilitation from injury.

Spurs’ official Twitter account delivered an update on the attacking midfielder on Monday afternoon after it was announced last week that he would not play again this season.

Lamela underwent surgery on his hip on Saturday in Barcelona and he will remain in the Spanish city to recuperate before starting his rehabilitation from the operation.

Specialists gave the green light last week for Lamela to go under the knife to cure a hip injury that has kept him out of the team since 25 October.

The Argentine was initially expected to be out for only a short period but he could not perform at full capacity and underwent a spell of rehab in Rome that ended in January.

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Lamela subsequently had a thorough assessment by Tottenham’s medical staff after a scan revealed no issues, but finally had the operation at the weekend after five months of rest failed to solve the problem.

By the start of next season, the attacker would have been absent from the Spurs team for nearly 10 months.

Spurs have coped well while Lamela has been sidelined, but he is a player that manager Mauricio Pochettino considers a crucial member of the squad and who was a mainstay of the team in the 18 months before his injury.

The 25-year-old has made 14 appearances this season, scoring two goals and providing an impressive seven assists.
In total, the 22-times Argentina international has scored 19 goals and supplied 31 assists in 121 matches for Spurs.
Tottenham are next in action on Wednesday night when they aim to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea following the dramatic results of the weekend.
Spurs head to Swansea aiming to secure a sixth consecutive victory to narrow the gaps on Antonio Conte’s side, who are seven points clear and host in-form Manchester City on Wednesday.

In other Tottenham news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.

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