Villa bombshell: Career of Tottenham first teamer might be over
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham legend Ricky Villa has claimed there is “concern” at the club that Erik Lamela may never play again.
Ex-Spurs attacking midfielder Villa, now 65, made the astonishing revelation about his fellow Argentine as he battles back from a hip injury that has sidelined him for 11 months.
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 baffled doctors.
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,
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.
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“In England they are worried about him, but, because of how the medicine is today, hopefully he can return.”
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.
Uefa’s official website announced Spurs’ squad on Monday afternoon after it was submitted last Friday in the wake of the closure of the summer transfer window.
Lamela and fellow senior attacker Vincent Janssen were the two notable omissions from the Champions League squad.
Spurs will play Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia in the group stages over the coming months.