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Key Tottenham Duo To Miss The Start of 2017-18 Season, Attacker Faces A Year Without Football

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Tottenham have been dealt a major blow with the news that Danny Rose and Erik Lamela will not be available for the start of the 2017-18 season (The Times). The former has been crucial to the club’s rise up the table in the last couple of years. Fans, however, will not be too surprised with Erik Lamela being ruled out, as the former Roma man continues to be linked with a return to Italian football. Rose has also been linked with a move away from Spurs with Manchester City cited as one of the possible destinations (Manchester Evening News). Yet, manager Mauricio Pochettino and Chairman Daniel Levy are unlikely to sell such key players – especially after having had such a brilliant campaign.

Lamela has been on the sidelines for several months. He has also had an operation on his hips over the last three months. The Argentine has been undergoing his rehabilitation process back in his home country and he is not expected to return to training until October at the earliest, according to a report on Times (Subscription needed). As a result, this would mean that he would have missed a complete year of action. The 25-year-old’s last appearance for Tottenham was in the EFL Cup game against Liverpool back in October.

 

Erik Lamela of Tottenham

During the January transfer window, Lamela was frequently spotted in Rome and this raised rumours that he may be set for a return to the Italian capital (Squawka exclusive). Now, Lamela may just focus on ensuring a good second half of the season with Tottenham in order to be part of the Argentina squad that is likely to reach the World Cup 2018.

Manchester Evening News reports that Danny Rose had a couple of niggling issues towards the end of the season. He underwent an operation a few weeks ago in order to cure a knee injury that he sustained back in January. As a result, it has been revealed that Rose may not be back into training until the first few weeks of August and it may take another couple of weeks for the player to make an appearance in the first team.

Another injury worry for manager Mauricio Pochettino happens to be South Korean Son Heung-Min, who suffered an arm fracture in the recent international game for South Korea, according to ESPN. He has also undergone a surgery and is likely to miss the start of the 2017-18 season.

All these injuries might force Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to use new signings in the first few weeks of the season. The club have been linked with a number of players with a move of completing the transfer before the start of the pre-season.

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