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Érik Lamela expected to be named in Tottenham squad to face Leicester

• Forward likely to return after more than a year out with hip injuries
• Mauricio Pochettino hopes Argentinian’s energy will add fresh impetus

Mauricio Pochettino believes that the return of Érik Lamela’s “energy” can provide impetus to Tottenham Hotspur’s season after disappointing results against Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion have left his side 13 points adrift of the leaders, Manchester City.

The Argentina winger is expected to be named in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time since last October when Spurs face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, having told Pochettino he has fully recovered from hip injuries that required two operations. Lamela, who joined from Roma in 2013 for a then club record £30m, featured for an hour for Tottenham’s under-23s in their defeat by Chelsea last week and is in contention for a place on the bench, although Pochettino said the player’s return to first-team action would be closely monitored.

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