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6th Dec, 2016 | 6:10pm

Tottenham hit by another blow as 24-year-old returns to home country

By Matt Farr

Tottenham have been dealt another major blow as Argentina midfielder Erik Lamela has been given time away from the club.

The 24-year-old is fighting to return from a hip injury, which has kept him out of action for the club’s last seven games, and it is uncertain when he is going to return to full fitness.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Lamela has now had to return to Argentina for family reasons.

Lamela was already set for a couple more weeks on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from injury, but it is not yet known how much longer he will be absent dealing with his family issue.

“It is important to send our support,” Pochettino told the Standard. “He has a problem with his family in Argentina and travelled there last night.

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“We want to send our big support to him and his family. It is a problem with his brother. We hope it is not too serious but it’s an issue that meant he needed to go to Argentina.”

Lamela has been one of Tottenham’s most important players this season, contributing two goals and seven assists from 14 games in all competitions, before his hip injury.

Tottenham face CSKA Moscow in their final Champions League group-stage game on Wednesday night, where they can cement their place in the Europa League by avoiding defeat at Wembley.

They then face a crucial Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday, before games against Hull and Burnley in the run up to Christmas.

In other Tottenham news, this important defender is said to have a £25.4 million release clause in his contract.