Tottenham fans on Twitter go berserk, accuse club of cover-up
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans have gone berserk on Twitter after Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Erik Lamela might not play again this season.
Spurs released a message on their official Twitter account early on Friday afternoon that stated Lamela was working on his rehabilitation at the club’s Enfield training headquarters as he stepped up his recovery from the mystery hip injury that has sidelined him since late October.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 10, 2017
But eagle-eyed supporters smelt a rat as they immediately recognised that the image posted of Lamela was an old one in which he and his teammates were wearing previous ranges of boots.
It was stated that the picture was actually taken last November immediately prior to the team’s Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen.
Pochettino subsequently admitted at his weekly media briefing that he had no idea when Lamela would return to fitness and even raised the possibility that he could be out for the season.
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Still no time frame for Lamela: “I can’t say one week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 1 month or maybe next season, I dont know,” said Pochettino. #COYS
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 10, 2017
This infuriated supporters, with many taking to social media to accuse the club of a cover-up and lack of transparency over the attacking midfielder.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Michael G (@MikeGallagher91) March 10, 2017
— Stuart (@stuart_1977) March 10, 2017
— Paul (@Paul731) March 10, 2017
— Manush Rafatjah (@rafatjah) March 10, 2017
— Shouting Match (@ShoutingMatch) March 10, 2017
— Josh Brown (@Yosh_B) March 10, 2017
What is going on with Lamela? All very hush hush ???? #COYS
— Dean (@DeanFaccini) March 10, 2017
Erik Lamela in rehab longer than Lindsay Lohan. #COYS
— Tom Nancarrow (@TomAntNan) March 10, 2017
Where’s Lamela gone ??? #COYS
— DANNY THFC (@DannySpurs1882) March 10, 2017
Lamela began the season in the Tottenham side and was playing regularly until he broke down two-and-half months into the campaign.
Pochettino has delivered a series of vague bulletins on the Argentina international’s recovery but, nearly five months since his last game, the player appears no closer to a playing return.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.