Erik Lamela missed Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League draw against Leicester City on Saturday with what was called an illness. Now, it seems that he may also miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley Stadium, but for an entirely different reason.
Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham announced via Twitter that Lamela sustained an injury in training today that makes the Argentine midfielder a doubt for tomorrow's match.
Well, if there was any doubt that Moussa Sissoko was likely to start tomorrow's return tie against Bayer, this would pretty much remove all doubt. Sissoko is serving a three-match Football Association ban after elbowing Harry Arter in the head in Spurs' draw against Bournemouth, but that ban doesn't apply to the Champions League. If Lamela can't go, Sissoko would very likely be the guy to replace him in the starting lineup.
The club has already ruled striker Harry Kane and defender Toby Alderweireld out of tomorrow's match. Pochettino said that Kane could return to full training as soon as this Thursday, which means that while it's POSSIBLE he could feature in this weekend's North London Derby match against Arsenal, it seems somewhat unlikely except as an impact sub.
Not the best of news heading into two massively important matches this week. If Spurs are going to get three important points in their Champions League group, they're going to have to get them without three of their best players.