Danny Rose and Erik Lamela both missed large portions of last season with injuries. They were long rumored to be returning near the end of the campaign, but their respective setbacks kept them out through the end of Spring.
Lamela hasn’t played since October. Rose hasn’t played since January. And now both players could also be set to miss the start of next season.
The Times has an update on the statuses of Danny and Erik.
Érik Lamela is not expected to be in contention to play until October, meaning that he will have been sidelined by a hip injury for a year.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder had separate operations on his hip in Barcelona in the past three months and has started his rehabilitation work in the swimming pool in his native Argentina.
Danny Rose will also miss the start of the season and is likely to be fit towards middle of August. The left back had an operation last month on his knee having suffered the injury in January. He was expected to be out for around five weeks but the problem persited.
Son Heung-min underwent surgery on his right forearm on Friday. The attacker fractured his arm in South Korea's World Cup qualifier against Qatar when he landed awkwardly during an aerial challenge last Tuesday. Tottenham and the Korean FA have declined to say how long he will be out for.
Hip injuries are notoriously difficult to treat, but it’s sobering to see that Lamela won’t be ready until October at the earliest. Hopefully that date doesn’t have to be pushed back even further due to another setback or surgery. A full year away from the game is a very long time.
The prognosis for Rose is not as dire, as he should be back in August. Maybe he will miss a couple Premier League matches, but he’s at least approaching the light at the end of his recovery tunnel.
Son’s injury is pretty cut-and-dry as a broken arm, so we shouldn’t be worried about him.
But continuing to worry about the status of Erik Lamela is definitely appropriate. Assuming Moussa Sissoko leaves, Spurs may have to delve into the transfer market to find more depth at Lamela’s position. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have coped well during Lamela’s injury, but another injury or two in attack could be disastrous.
It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to watch Lamela and Rose kick footballs for a living. Here’s hoping they can get back to doing that as soon as possible.