FORGOTTEN man Erik Lamela’s days at Tottenham look numbered.
The Argentinan hasn’t played since the EFL Cup defeat by Liverpool in October because of a hip injury.
And it looks as though he is finished for the season.
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Now The Times has learnt that there has been a disagreement between Lamela and the club over whether he requires surgery.
The situation leaves the 25-year-old in limbo as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
And it could be that Spurs are trying to get Lamela out the club as soon as possible.
It’s been a trying time all-round and Lamela even turned to former club Roma in January for treatment on his injury. But nothing made much difference.
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On top of all that Lamela, 25, also struggled to get over the death of his beloved pet dog Simba.
And a family accident involving his brother being seriously injured in a motorcyle incident in their homeland has also played on his mind.
Lamela joined Spurs for £25.7million in August 2013 from Roma. He has made 88 starts for the north Londoners and scored 19 goals.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino recently insisted Lamela is now “100 per cent” recovering in London and that his problem is purely a physical one, rather than anything personal.
But he couldn’t say when his fellow-Argentinian will next be seen in a first team shirt.
“I don’t want to lie to you and give some information that after you use, and you are right to use, but I can’t say one, two weeks, three weeks, one month or maybe next season, I don’t know,” Pochettino said.