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Tottenham boosted as Lamela poised for training return

Long term injury victim 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 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!".

Boss Mauricio Pochettino also revealed the player is due back for evaluation on Friday.

"We will expect that Lamela will be here (on Friday)," Pochettino said.

"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.

"He is very happy here, very focused and has suffered a lot because he is a player who likes to play football and it shows when he is on the pitch, all the rumours do not help him."

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