Frustrated Lamela thanks Spurs fans after season ends early

Date published: Thursday 30th March 2017 9:56

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Erik Lamela has vowed to return ‘stronger’ after Tottenham confirmed a hip operation has brought his season to an end.

The Argentina winger has endured a frustrating campaign at White Hart Lane, having been sidelined by the problem since November and becoming something of a forgotten figure this season.

Tottenham confirmed the player’s season-ending surgery in a club statement on Wednesday, while the player has also vowed to return stronger in a series of tweets.

“I have to have an operation,” the 25-year-old tweeted. “I tried everything to recover but unfortunately my hip is still not 100% so I can’t compete at the level I want to.

“I’ll face this challenge with a positive attitude and can’t wait to get back with the team and be stronger. Thanks everyone for your support! 👊🏻”

Lamela, who joined Spurs from Roma in 2013, enjoyed a fine season last term with 13 goals, but it’s been a different story this campaign, finding the net just twice in 14 appearances before succumbing to his hip problem.

Tottenham said in a statement: “Erik Lamela is to undergo surgery on his hip on Saturday. This will result in Erik returning to action next season.

“The Argentina international has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November.

“The player has achieved a good level of function, however he has been unable to reach the stage required to make a full return to training.

“Therefore, following ongoing extensive consultation with specialists, surgery has been agreed by all as the best course of action.”

Lamela and Moussa Sissoko were on Wednesday linked with moves to Italy.

 

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