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Lamela out for the season due to hip surgery

Erik Lamela has made just nine Premier League appearances this season. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the rest of the season, the club have confirmed.

The 25-year-old Argentinian requires surgery on the hip injury which has kept him on the sidelines since November.

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 achieve d 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.

– Tottenham statement

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My destiny is linked to Pochettino, says Lloris

Lloris has been Tottenham captain since the start of the 2015/16 season. Credit: PA

Hugo Lloris says his Tottenham future depends on Mauricio Pochettino but admits he could still be tempted away by one of Europe's top clubs.

Lloris signed a new contract until 2022 in December as Spurs put their captain among the squad's top earners, second only to Harry Kane.

I feel good at Tottenham, but in football everything's fragile and can change. Some things you can't refuse.

Certainly, my destiny is linked to Mauricio. He matters a lot to me. Our relationship goes beyond football, it's a match, and one day he will be the best manager in the world.

For me he is already. His presence and our relationship are the most important elements for me.

– Lloris to Le Figaro

Pochettino: Dele Alli's so good he could go in goal

Dele Alli started as a second striker before leading the line when Son Heung-min went off injured. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino joked that Dele Alli could probably play in goal after Tottenham's young midfielder proved adept in an unfamiliar striker role.

The midfielder filled in for his England colleague Harry Kane and scored in Sunday's 2-1 win over Southampton.

Alli began the game as a second striker before leading the line after Son Heung-min was substituted.

It means the 20-year-old has now played central midfield, left and centre of an attacking three and up front for Pochettino.

"Dele Alli always can surprise and you can't guess with him. He has an unbelievable personality and character and it is all possible with him," the Spurs boss said.

"In the box he looks like a striker because he is more than clever, he has made his mark. Outside the box playing like a midfielder, I saw him at 17 years old playing at Milton Keynes as a holding midfielder against Manchester United.

"And I don't know, always he can surprise me, maybe one day he can play as a goalkeeper or as a full-back or centre-back."

Eriksen: Spurs good enough to replace Kane's goals

Eriksen scored the first league goal for Tottenham after Kane's injury Credit: PA

Man of the match Christian Eriksen believes Tottenham have the firepower to cover the absence of top goalscorer Harry Kane after they battled to a 2-1 win against Southampton.

The Denmark international fired in a low drive from 25 yards before Dele Alli struck from the penalty spot as Spurs eased into a 2-0 half-time lead.

James Ward-Prowse pulled one back shortly after the restart and despite both sides creating several chances, the hosts managed to hold onto victory which takes them 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in second place.

And Eriksen told Sky Sports the result shows Spurs will be able to cope while Kane is sidelined.

Everyone felt the responsibility. The players are good enough to substitute (Harry Kane's goals) so obviously it was important for someone else to score.

It is exactly the same, we play the same system but different players with Sonny (Son Heung-min) instead of Harry and he plays a bit more deep but he's a terrific player and he wants the ball at his feet.

He's a different player and I thought we did really well but the second half was tough for us.

– Christian Eriksen

Vertonghen: Spurs will miss league's best in Kane

Harry Kane is the best in the Premier League according to Jan Vertonghen Credit: PA

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham will be missing the best player in the Premier League while Harry Kane is out injured.

Kane is set to spend four to six weeks on the sidelines after damaging ligaments in his right ankle during last weekend's win over Millwall.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday the 23-year-old was hopeful of returning within a month but Press Association Sport understands the club view that estimate as optimistic.

Either way, Kane appears to have a chance of making the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea in five weeks' time, as well as a north London derby against Arsenal eight days later.

But Tottenham will have to do without their star striker for Sunday's game at home to Southampton and, in all likelihood, the following league fixtures against Burnley, Swansea, Watford and Bournemouth and Vertonghen believes Vincent Janssen will continue to work hard to fill the void.

It's a blow, of course, Harry is for me the best player in the Premier League.

He's a miss for us but we do have a lot of options and we saw that against Millwall and when he was out before in October I think.

I know him very well. I knew him in Holland and I've spoken to two players who played there with him every day and who play in the national team and they are confident of his abilities and so am I.

He's very determined to make it here. The position as a striker is the hardest one in the Premier League. If you see how hard it is, it's difficult for strikers to fill in that role.

If you look at some top, top strikers - even they struggle to score goals here.

– Jan Vertonghen
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