Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Danny Rose will be in the squad for the trip to Leicester City on Tuesday (28 November) but admits he does not know what the future holds for the left-back, who is attracting interest from Manchester United.
Lamela has not played since October a year ago due to a series of complaints with his hip, which required surgery.
'Then I think Chelsea, ourselves, Liverpool, Spurs, them teams are very equal. Saturday his wife [girlfriend] had a baby.
"We need to be more aggressive and more focused on the game". He's so important for the team because he's one player more with different qualities to help the team in different situations during the game.
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"It's true that after a year it's hard for a player to be fit and find the feelings in the competition when it's an injury for long term".
It may just be his first game, but it would have done caretaker manager Gary Megson's chances of replacing the sacked Tony Pulis no harm after plotting their fifth away point this season with a classic backs-to-the-wall performance Pulis would have revelled in.
Spurs are unlikely to win the Premier League title this season, but the North London outfit have progressed to the last-16 stage of the Champions League.
"Always it's my decision, not only with Danny but with everyone, it's about caring for them first of all, to try to perform after in the level that we want and to benefit them".
Spurs managed to put six goals combined past both Dortmund and Madrid at Wembley, but when it came to Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth, Palace and West Brom combined they managed two fewer. The gap is massive but we will see what happens.