Erik Lamela Injury Woes Continue as Busy Schedule Looms For Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela has sustained an ankle injury – but hopes to be back after the international break for a crucial run of fixtures for the club.

Ankle Injury Latest in Long Line of Fitness Issues for Erik Lamela

Lamela Has Spent Total Of 667 Days Injured Since Joining Spurs

The Argentine posted a message on Instagram – in which he said he’ll be missing for a “short time”.

 

Manager Jose Mourinho had hinted at the injury earlier in the week. During his pre-match press conference before his Spurs side beat Ludogorets 3-1 in the Europa League, Mourinho told reporters:

“Lamela has a little problem for a few weeks and after the last match we decided itโ€™s the moment to stop and have this week plus the 2 weeks of internationals for him to recover fully.”

Crucial Games Ahead For Tottenham

Lamela’s injury record at Spurs is patchy at best. He has spent almost two years on the sidelines due to injuries – the most lengthy was a hip problem which kept him out of action for 388 days.

Tottenham’s upcoming fixture list is not only hectic, but potentially season-defining.

In the space of a month, from November 21, Spurs play Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester City.

Mourinho will be hoping he can call on Lamela for most of those games. The Argentine has been one of the club’s most consistent performers under the Portuguese.

This season he has found his starting place under threat, following the arrival of the likes of Gareth Bale, as well as the excellent form of Son Heung-Min.

However, there is no doubt that Lamela is an excellent option to have off the bench. The majority of Spurs fans enjoy his combative and aggressive approach.

There is some disappointment over the Argentine’s end product, though. Since arriving in 2013, the 28-year-old has only managed 35 goals for the club.

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