Erik Lamela has been named in Mauricio Pochettino’s first team squad to face Leciester City in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
The Argentinian attacking midfielder has been suffering with a long term hip injury for the last year, last making an appearance for the first team since the EFL Cup tie away to Liverpool on October 25th 2016. Following the progress he made with the rehabilitation plan which was required after the injury, Erik has been training and playing games with the u23 development squad, with his performance against Chelsea for the u23’s last week convincing boss Pochettino that he is ready to be involved with the first team again.
When asked about Lamela’s inclusion back into the first team, Pochettino said;
“Good news – Erik has stepped up and is contention for tomorrow,” Mauricio told Spurs TV after training today (Monday).
“Always in a very busy schedule you need everyone fit to help the team and that is very good news for the team.”
It comes as a further boost to Erik after he became a father over the weekend and Mauricio continued: “Of course, after more than one year, it’s so important to start to feel again the emotion to play and compete.
“It’s so important and of course I’m so happy because he is going to help the team a lot.”
It will be interesting to see where Pochettino fits Lamela in to a side who appear to have a relatively settled and reliable attacking unit. With Son, Dele, Eriksen and Kane, there are goals and creativity to burn. Prior to his injury, Lamela used to play off of the left hand side of the attacking midfield formation with his left footed preference offering something different compared to the other players who could play in that position. He has a lot of catching up to do if he is to cement his place as a regular starter in the first team, but it cannot be doubted that his return will be seen as a welcome one amongst the squad, management and fans.
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