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Sherwood rules out Lamela

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says he does not expect record signing Erik Lamela to play again this season.

Lamela was one of seven players who were signed last summer by technical director Franco Baldini and former head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

But the former Roma man has been restricted to just 17 appearances in all competitions due to injuries and a lack of form.

Hip and back injuries have prevented Lamela from lining up for Spurs since the 3-0 win over Stoke in December and Sherwood has all but written off the Argentina international's chances of returning this season.

"He isn't fit to play," Sherwood said. "He's been unfortunate with injuries and it's a shame that he's picked up the knocks because taking the settling in period aside, how are you meant to settle when you can't go out there and perform because you've had this serious back injury?

"He's probably not going to play this season."

Lamela's World Cup place could also now be hanging in the balance due to his inactivity but Sherwood would have no qualms if Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella wanted to include the winger in his squad.

"Like I say, he's been out a very long time," he added.

"He's going to need a pre-season before he can play. It's up to their manager and if they think he needs to play any competitive games previous to that.

"I think it comes down to how sought after he is out there by the manager. He needs the games doesn't he? And next season he comes back in and he's in a better place."