Injury Update: Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Erik Lamela has undergone surgery again this month, but Spurs insist this will have no effect on his recovery time.

Originally injured in October, Erik Lamela has been sidelined for the vast majority of the 2016/17 season and this isn’t the first time an injury has laid siege to one of his Spurs seasons either. When we signed him using the ‘Bale money’ in August 2013, he could only make 17 appearances for the club during the 2013/14 season, partly due to injury and party due to performances.

Tottenham revealed on their official website that the Argentine had a planned operation on his left hip, but we should not expect to see him return to football any sooner or later than had already been stated. The club announced:

“Erik recently had an operation on his left hip and the latest surgery will not affect the overall recovery period.”

“Erik will continue to be monitored by our medical team ahead of returning to action next season.”

It is a shame for Lamela that his Spurs career has been ridden with injuries. Many fans believed that this season would be the 25 year old’s breakthrough season, where he’d build on his impressive campaign last year and start achieving his full potential. Lamela scored a crucial goal on the opening day of the season in a tricky away tie to Everton, where we drew 1-1, which only reassured fans of the form to come. However, now I feel as though the club is perhaps out-growing Lamela and I’m not so sure if he has a future with Spurs anymore.

I’m a big fan of Lamela and we’ve all been very patient in letting him hone his skills under Poch, but I fear this particular set-back is too much to realistically come back from. Tottenham have been linked with pacey wingers recently who could end up replacing Lamela even when fully fit.

What do you think? Does Lamela still have a future at Tottenham?

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