It has been 14 months since the Argentinian winger last pulled on a Tottenham shirt but his long road to recovery is almost complete. He is finally over a hip injury and is in the frame to launch his comeback at Leicester.

And for Pochettino, it means he no longer has to rely on Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to spark his side into life. The trio have scored 26 goals of Spurs’ 34 goals between them this season and Lamela will at least ease the burden on their shoulders.

“For the team it’s important to have a player of Erik’s quality,” said the Tottenham manager. “We need to have another option to play and have the capacity to play in a different way.

“He loves to feel the ball at his feet. We have missed him as he offers something completely different. He’s one more player with different qualities to help the team.

“We have missed his energy. He can help the team with different situations. We have a busy schedule and I hope he will be important for us in the future.”

Lamela’s long road to recovery following two hip operations began last month after returning to full training. 

But Pochettino refused to rush his countryman back and instead gave him a run out for the Under-23s against Chelsea and came through that examination unscathed.

Pochettino said: “After one year out, it’s so important for him to feel the emotion of playing and competing. But we need to stay calm with him. There’s no pressure on him.”

Leicester manager Claude Puel,…

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