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Lamela to return to Spurs after treatment at former club

Lamela is set to return to training with Spurs. Credit: PA

Erik Lamela is expected to report to Tottenham's training ground on Friday after completing his recovery from a hip problem with former club Roma.

The 24-year-old has not played for Spurs since October and fuelled rumours of an imminent return to Italy when he opted to return there for his treatment rather then remain at Tottenham's Enfield base.

Lamela took to Twitter on Wednesday to play down any link with a departure from White Hart Lane, writing he was "in Roma at the moment recovering for (sic) an injury and not for any other thing that is not to do with football!"

He also added that he was "Missing White hart Lane every minute" but he should be united with his team-mates after manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed the player is due back for evaluation on Friday.

"We will expect that Lamela will be here (on Friday)," he said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wycombe.

"In the moment he arrives we will assess him to see how he is. The last scan in Roma showed there was no issue, there is still pain in his hip joint but now it is important to meet us and stay here with the group and push him to keep his fitness and achieve the level of the team and be available as soon as possible."

Asked about the ongoing speculation linking Lamela to a move away from the club, Pochettino said: "There are a lot of rumours.

"He asked to go to Rome to change the place and maybe inspire him to recover quickly, you cannot control all the rumours but he is very happy.

"We keep in touch every day and maybe he was a little worried by some comments."


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Tottenham wait for news on injured Vertonghen

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen is wearing a protective boot after suffering an ankle injury in the win over West Brom on Saturday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino does not like to publicise timescales for injuries, but after the 4-0 victory against the Baggies he said it looked "very bad".

Jan Vertonghen could be out for ten weeks. Credit: PA

It has been reported that the Belgium defender faces more than two months out.

Pochettino may shed more light on the injury in his pre-match media conference on Thursday ahead of Saturday's clash at Manchester City.

Spurs are second in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

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