By Wayne Veysey

6th Sep, 2017 | 2:48pm

'Believable' - Tottenham fans react to astonishing claim about first teamer

By Harry Sykes

Tottenham fans have reacted with a mixture of shock and scepticism on Twitter amid an astonishing claim that Erik Lamela might not play again due to injury.

Ex-Spurs ace Villa, now 65, made the astonishing revelation about Lamela in an interview with Argentine radio as the player battles back from a hip injury that has sidelined him for 11 months.

In an interview with AM950 radio, via Bola VIP, Villa said: “Unfortunately, Erik Lamela was operated on the hip. There is concern to know if he will play again.

“In England they are worried about him, but, because of how the medicine is today, hopefully he can return.”

Given Villa’s status as a bona fide Spurs hero and his Argentine nationality, it has set alarm bells ringing among fans desperate to see the 25-year-old back in action.

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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Lamela has not played since last October and underwent hip surgery at the end of last season in a bid to cure him of the problem that has puzzled medics.

Tottenham gave a clear indication that the 25-year-old is still some way off fitness by omitting him from their Champions League squad on Monday.

The 23-times Argentina international joined Spurs from Roma in the summer of 2013 for a then club-record £30million.

He has made 121 appearances for the Londoners, scoring 19 goals and supplying 31 assists from all competitions.

In other Tottenham news, a Sky journalist has revealed that a last-gasp Spurs striker switch failed after an agreement had been reached.

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