Tottenham Hotspur today confirmed on their official twitter page that midfielder Erik Lamela will undergo surgery on his hip, and shall be out of action for the rest of the season.
Lamela suffered a broken hip back in October, and has been out of contention ever since. He was told by the medical staff at Spurs today that he will not be able to play football until next season.
The 24 year old, [Lamela] was beginning to repay his hefty £30 million transfer fee, after finishing last season with 11 goals in all competitions, establishing himself as a first team regular during Spurs’ title challenge. He was tipped for a big year [this year] after impressing in pre-season, aswell as grabbing two goals and seven assists in his 14 appearances for the lilywhites this season. It looked as though Lamela was finally gelling in North London after two frustrating and underwhelming seasons. But this injury has halted his progression.
A broken hip has saw him fall down the pecking order at Tottenham, and now his future at Spurs is being questioned, due to the emergence of Korean forward Heung Min Son, aswell as a tactical revamp to a 3-5-1-1 formation by Mauricio Pochettino that has no place for a wide attacking midfielder such as Lamela. Speculation began to mount after the Argentina international returned to former club AS Roma to undergo surgery, but he was quick to reassure the Spurs faithful it was strictly to help with his injury.
Tottenham are currently sitting pretty in 2nd place of the premier league, and still have an FA Cup semi final to look forward to.