Tottenham star Erik Lamela has said he held worries that he would never play football again as a result of the hip injury which kept him out of action for over a year.
The versatile attacker, who can play on the wing or in a central role, returned to action for Spurs in their 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday after a 13 month layoff.
He made an immediate impact, setting up Harry Kane with a well weighted through ball for Tottenham’s goal minutes after stepping off the bench, although it was not enough for Spurs to take any points from the King Power Stadium.
However, Lamela has shockingly revealed he had fears that he would never be stepping out on a football pitch again, with the issue requiring surgery on both of his hips, including two operations in a matter of months.
Giving a brutally honest insight into his injury hell, the 25-year-old told Yahoo: “(It was) probably the worst time of my life.
“The lowest point was when I did two surgeries in one and a half months.
“Did I ever worry I wouldn’t come back? Of course. In my mind was always the feeling that I wanted to play and be back with the team.
“I’m here today because I really wanted it, and when you really want something you can do it.”
The Argentinian attacker has made a total of 122 appearances for Spurs since arriving at the club, netting 19 times and chipping in with a further 32 assists.
It awaits to be seen what role he plays when the Lilywhites try to return to winning ways away at Watford on Saturday, with the Hornets having been beaten 4-2 by Manchester United on Tuesday.
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