Erik Lamela did not feature in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Rose Bowl following the Argentine suffering from a muscle tweak.

Mauricio Pochettino told the press in the post-match press conference: “Erik was after the game against Roma, he felt but in a different muscle a minor injury. That’s why he’s here with us.”

“We hope he can play against Milan,” the Argentine boss added.

Spurs face their final International Champions Cup match against AC Milan on Wednesday morning (BST) in Minneapolis.

The 26-year-old is now into his fifth season with the Lilywhites and has been plagued with numerous injuries throughout his time.

However, Lamela did take part in a light training session with one of Tottenham’s fitness coaches in front of 2000 Spurs fans at LA Galaxy’s home ground.

The injury was picked up in the 4-1 victory over AS Roma and although not as serious as some of his previous injuries Pochettino did not want to take the risk of making it any worse against Barcelona.

With Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier still on their summer break due to their extended World Cup runs a lack of strength in depth is becoming evident as Pochettino faces relying heavily on his younger players.


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