One year injured
Erik Lamela last played for Tottenham on 25 October against Liverpool in the League Cup.
One year on and the Argentine forward is finally set to return to action around the middle of next month.
Lamela’s time at Tottenham has been plagued with injury, except for the year before last in which he had a very successful season.
Spurs fans have been desperately calling for his return, with his potential to offer a new dimension to the team and a fantastic squad option.
Serious hip problem
Since Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield last October, Lamela has been struggling with a hip problem.
The problem then began to seriously deteriorate and in it was discovered in April that the winger required surgery on his hip.
The surgery ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old then had a second operation on his hip, which was planned and did not affect the recovery timescale.
Realistic return date
It is understood that Erik Lamela has a realistic chance of returning to Tottenham’s match day squad around mid-October.
This would come at an ideal time for Tottenham who face a host of tricky fixtures.
Bournemouth, Liverpool and Real Madrid (not in Champions League squad so wouldn’t feature) are the sides Tottenham face in that time.
Champions League group stage squad
Erik Lamela will only feature in the Champions League this season if Tottenham make it out of their group.
The winger was not named in the club’s squad, due to his estimated return from injury.
Tottenham made a very solid start to the group stage beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley.