Tottenham 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.
'Any danger of telling us the real story' - Tottenham fans rage at Lamela news
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham announced on Wednesday that Erik Lamela will undergo a hip operation – and fans on Twitter were furious that it had taken the club five months to sanction surgery.
The Argentina international has been sidelined since late October with a hip problem and has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation programme.
But Spurs have now admitted that it has failed to cure the problem and specialists have advised that Lamela, 25, goes under the knife.
Lamela’s operation will take place on Saturday and he will be unable to play again until next season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 29, 2017
Spurs fans raged at the news, with some accusing the club of a cover-up and others expressing the strong belief that Lamela will never play for the club again.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— George (@TheGeorgeStokes) March 29, 2017
— Ricky Sacks ???? (@RickSpur) March 29, 2017
This whole Lamela thing is beyond a joke now. I think get rid in the summer #COYS
— Steven Coombes (@stevencoombes) March 29, 2017
Lamela could’ve had a hip replacement and be back quicker, what is going on #COYS
— goku (@mrSEan1) March 29, 2017
— gavin (@Gavllen) March 29, 2017
— Darryl Crouch (@darryltc) March 29, 2017
— Monty (@RealBristolSpur) March 29, 2017
— JAKC (@Dierbetes) March 29, 2017
As expected, Lamela will never play for @SpursOfficial again. What a shame
— Yido4Life (@1BobbyBusiness) March 29, 2017
— TAS (@coys100) March 29, 2017
The Argentine was initially expected to be out for only a short period but will have been sidelined for nearly 10 months by the start of next season.
Question marks are being asked over why the Spurs medical staff did not sanction an operation far earlier in the rehabilitation process.