Eric Lamela will miss the remainder of the season after Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the Argentine is to undergo surgery on a hip injury.
The 25-year-old’s ongoing fitness has been somewhat of a mystery, with the club previously unable to schedule a date for his return, and last played in October.
He spent time with former club Roma in a bid to recover, but Spurs have now decided surgery is the best course of action.
“Erik Lamela is to undergo surgery on his hip on Saturday. This will result in Erik returning to action next Saturday,” the club tweeted.
“The Argentina international had undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November.
“The player has achieved 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.”