Erik Lamela’s off-field struggles keeping him from Spurs return


Tottenham continue to wait on Erik Lamela’s return as the Argentine battles injury and off-field problems.

The attacking midfielder last played for the Lilywhites in October in the EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool, and has been out with a hip injury ever since.

However, as reported in the Telegraph, his recovery has been beset by numerous personal difficulties.

Lamela’s brother was involved in a serious car accident, while the player has also struggled to come to terms with the passing of his bulldog Simba.

However, the newspaper’s decision to lead with the angle that his private problems centred around the dog hasn’t gone down well with a lot of fans:

Matt Law, the journalist behind the story, responded:

Lamela has also struggled with homesickness in the past and has requested to undergo the rest of the treatment for his hip in Rome, the home of his former club.

Mauricio Pochettino was happy to allow that request as he is evidently concerned about the 24-year-old’s wellbeing.

Meanwhile, the rest of Tottenham’s squad are preparing for this weekend’s FA Cup game at home to Wycombe with a training camp in Barcelona.

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