Mauricio Pochettino has shown his sympathy towards Erik Lamela after another injury-hit season for the midfielder.
Lamela has not featured in a match for Tottenham Hotspur since featuring in the Champions League away victory against Borussia Dortmund on March 5th when he was forced off in the 19th minute.
The player had looked as if he had put his hamstring injury issues behind him when he travelled with the rest of the Spurs squad for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final against Manchester City and even trained on the Etihad pitch the evening before the match.
It has become another frustrating season for both the player and many Spurs fans who are still yet to see the £25.7million (BBC) signing live up to his potential on a consistent basis despite having been at the club since August 2013.
His last goal for the club came in the narrow 3-2 win at Wolves in early November with Pochettino hoping that he will return to action before the end of the season.
The Spurs boss told Football.London: “We feel the same. Him, his family, us. We feel very sad about his situation today. He is disappointed, we are disappointed. We can only be strong, try to find solutions and be open to improve, try to be fit and help the team. In the most important period of the season, when you need all the squad fit to achieve what you want, it’s hard to have him out of the squad. We hope he can be available before the end of the season.”
Lamela’s injury record at Spurs has been something of frustration which has limited his opportunity of building consistency of playing week in, week out. At 27, he should now be coming towards his peak form but instead, the headlines are focused on his lack of game time.
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