Erik Lamela has been on the sidelines for a year due to troublesome hip injuries, and it seems that his time away from the pitch is due to extend a little further.
It was initially thought that the Tottenham Hotspur star would make his comeback during this evening’s Carabao Cup tie against West Ham United.
However, manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the match at Wembley has come a little too soon for the 25-year-old.
According to Goal.com, the Spurs boss told reporters:
“No, Erik is not on the list. He’s doing well but still he’s not available. After one year [out], I cannot say tomorrow, one week or one month. It depends on his evolution.”
Considering that the winger is back in training, then yes, it is likely that he will return this season.
Having said that, though, Pochettino’s admission that he is unclear how long it will be before Lamela kicks a ball in a competitive game again is a concern.
Throughout the Argentine’s absence, which included two operations, Tottenham were very vague about his condition.
The fact that there is no timeline suggests that Lamela could have an underlying fitness issue, which means that Spurs will have to manage him carefully from now on.
Playing in a Carabao Cup match is the perfect opportunity for injured members to ease their way back into regular action, so if Tottenham progress against West Ham, perhaps Lamela will have another chance.