Tottenham winger Erik Lamela's season took yet another turn for the worse after he was dropped from Argentina's squad for their upcoming friendly with Romania.
The former Roma ace joined Tottenham in a deal initially worth €30 million which could rise to €35 million - which would make him the club's most expensive player of all time.
Lamela, who has been capped six times by his country, was one of seven new arrivals at White Hart Lane in the summer, but has so far struggled to settle and produce his best form.
He's made just three Premier League starts for Spurs this season and is now struggling with a back injury which could rule him out until next month.
According to the Mirror it is anticipated that he will be fit in time for the game against Romania on March 5 - however his chances of making the World Cup now look to be in danger after he was excluded from the Albiceleste's latest squad.
The 21-year-old is believed to have sought a move away from Tottenham in the January transfer window in order to bolster his chances of making it to Brazil this summer.
Tottenham take on Ukrainian outfit Dnipro tomorrow, and while Lamela has been ruled out of that game, manager Tim Sherwood is confident that he can overcome his injury problems and become a hit at White Hart Lane.
"We know what a talented player Erik is and we also understand how players need time to settle," he said last month.
"He's needing that time to acclimatise to a new country. He doesn't speak English and with the tempo of the games, especially over the Christmas period when they come thick and fast, he hasn't been 100 per cent fit.
"He's still feeling fatigued in one of his thighs so we are being very cautious with him. We don't want that to turn into a real injury problem so we're going to take it nice and steady with him.
"I really want to put him on the stage when he's ready to perform rather than let people judge him when he's really half-cooked."
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