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Lamela denies dead dog rumours

03:18 GMT+3 25/01/2017
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The Spurs winger insists that the reason he has not played since October is a hip injury rather than the passing of a family pet

Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela has released a statement denying that his extended absence from action is due to the death of his dog.

The Spurs star often posted photographs of himself and pet Simba on social media accounts, but sadly lost his four-legged friend recently.

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However, Lamela has refuted speculation that he has not returned to his club because of this, telling fans that his spell on the sidelines is due to injury.

The 24-year-old issued a statement on Twitter, writing "Just to be clear, I am in Roma at the moment recovering for an injury and not for any other thing that is not to do with football!

"Missing White hart Lane every minute! Thanks to all of those who encourage me day by day!"

The Argentina international last played for Spurs in October, having made just nine Premier League appearances this season before being ruled out with a hip injury.