Erik Lamela will undergo surgery on his injured hip later this week and won't feature for Tottenham again this season, the Premier League club confirmed.
The Argentina international last featured for Mauricio Pochettino's side in their EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool at the end of last year, and although initial assessments suggested he would recover quickly, that has not been the case.
Pochettino admitted earlier this month that he doesn't know when Lamela will return to full fitness, and on Wednesday Spurs confirmed that surgery was the best option to aid his recovery.
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"Erik Lamela is to undergo surgery on his hip on Saturday. This will result in Erik returning to action next season," a statement read.
"The Argentina international has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November.
"The player has achieved a good level of function, however, he has been unable to reach the stage required to make a full return to training.
"Therefore, following ongoing extensive consultation with specialists, surgery has been agreed by all as the best course of action."