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The Argentine youngster signed for Luis Enrique's side from River Plate in the summer, and is looking forward to playing against Edy Reja's team in the near future

Erik Lamela has spoken of his desire to play in the Rome derby against Lazio, and hopes to make a big impact at his new club.

The Argentine signed for Roma in the summer from River Plate, but has not played for Luis Enrique's side as yet as he is recovering from injury.

The 19-year-old is looking forward to getting started in Serie A, and is on the verge of returning to fitness.

"I'm recovering from the ankle injury through specific exercises and now I'm back training like normal," he told Tuttosport.

"Luis Enrique told me that I have to worry only on recovering. He told me not to worry, that my time will come. I know I must be patient, wait, get well and then everything will go according to plan.

"I hope to get well and be able to play the derby against Lazio, it would be great," he concluded.

The youngster moved on to talk about boyhood club River Plate, with whom he came to prominence in a sparkling 2010-11 which could not save them from a historic relegation. He affirmed that he still followed the Argentine giants closely.

"I have seen a few match reports, they do not show the games live here and if I am not on the PC at the right time I cannot see them. I always follow what is happening in the club through their website," he revealed

"River have to be in the Primera, they are the biggest team in Argentina. I hope they come back and everything goes well, there are some great people there."

Lamela played alongside veteran midfielder Almeyda last season, and has watched as the rookie River coach has enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season. He affirmed that he had great respect for the trainer, and wished him all the best.

"The 'Pelado' deserves to see everything go well for him because he is a wonderful person, I wish him the very best of luck," the playmaker assured.

Roma have started the season slowly, and will be looking to getting the South American on the pitch; they face Lazio on October 16th.

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