• Argentina winger has not played since late October
• ‘He has a special link with a physio in Rome,’ says Pochettino
Érik Lamela has returned to his former club, Roma, for treatment on the hip injury that has derailed his season. The Tottenham Hotspur winger, whose last appearance came on 25 October in the EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool, suffered the problem in training and, initially, it was not considered to be too serious.
But it has failed to respond to treatment while there was also the hiatus in early December when Lamela had to return to his native Argentina for about a week because of a family issue, his brother having been taken into hospital.