Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he is in no rush to throw Erik Lamela back into first team action.
Lamela hasn’t played for the first team for 13 months after undergoing surgery on both hips.
In a press conference prior to Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund – you can watch highlights from the game here – Pochettino stressed the importance of waiting for Lamela to be ready.
“He played for the U23s against Chelsea on Saturday for 60 minutes and after 20 minutes started to feel something. This is normal after one year. It’s different to training,” said the Spurs boss. (Quotes via ESPN.)
“When you compete you feel different in your body and mind, expectations and stress. We are happy with him. We will see what happens. We hope he starts to feel better and one day be available for the first team.”
When he does return, Lamela will be a useful addition to the squad for the rest of the season. The Argentine is a divisive figure, but many Tottenham fans will hope he is back sooner rather than later.