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.”