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Tottenham midfielder Lamela: Double surgery made me mentally stronger

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela feels he's mentally stronger for overcoming his major injury.

Lamela underwent two hip surgeries to cure the pain and the torture of seeing his team mates go out to train every day while he was stuck doing rehab.

He told the Mirror: “Yes, it made me mentally stronger, it was very difficult and no-one knows - only my family - how hard I worked every day to come back. But now it's done, I've worked hard and that's the most important thing.

“I look at the past and think: 'I did it. I came back.' I feel proud of myself because it was such a hard injury.

“It was a very difficult injury because I had two surgeries so it was a very long one to be away from the pitch. For a player, it's the worst feeling. I'm a player who cannot miss one training session. For me, it was way too much.

“But now I enjoy every session, every game and I enjoy it twice as much. My family and friends, team mates and staff in the club help you through it. The physios, everyone. I think the most important thing was my attitude because, like I said before, it was very difficult sometimes.

“Everyone at the club was great with me, the manager is tough but very good and all the coaches asked me how I feel, were very supportive, very good."

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