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​Tottenham optimistic crock Lamela will return before years end

Tottenham expect Erik Lamela to be back in first-team contention by the end of the year.

The 25-year-old Argentina forward has not played for the club for 11 months and underwent surgery on his left hip in April and then his right a month later.

Spurs are confident Lamela, who joined from Roma for a then club-record £25.7million in 2013 but who has started just 62 Premier League games, will make a full recovery.

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