Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela has revealed that being sidelined for 13 months due to a hip injury was the worst moment of his career so far.
Lamela, 27, was out of action for Spurs between October 2016 until November 2017 due to a hip problem that required two surgeries in order to fix, resulting in the Argentine missing 57 games.
As well as the injury, Lamela also referred to the rehab, while watching his Tottenham teammates train, as another difficult moment to overcome, but insisted it's something which has made him stronger.
Speaking to The Mirror, Lamela said: "
"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.
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"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."
Now back playing again for Mauricio Pochettino's side, Lamela has been a useful player for Spurs this season, netting six goals and providing three assists in all competitions for a side third in the Premier League and into the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Despite the continued progress of the club, Lamela has called for Tottenham to maintain their standards between now and the end of the season, claiming every player in the squad will play their part.
He added: "
Source : 90min