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Record Tottenham signing braced for Messi opportunity

Erik Lamela is hoping to capitalise on the absence of Lionel Messi for his country this week.

Argentina became the first South American country to seal qualification for next year's World Cup via the qualification section last month, but there is plenty to play for.

They face off against rivals Uruguay, in a match which could determine the bragging rights of top spot, as well as provide a major confidence boost for either nation.

Argentina are however without a trio of key players, notably multiple Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano.

However the absence of the first teamers simply means an opportunity for others, and Tottenham Hotspur's record signing Erik Lamela is hoping to be the one to step up.

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Lamela started last time Messi was out, in a friendly win over Italy in August, where he assisted Gonzalo Higuain's opener in the 2-1 win.

He has been speaking to the press ahead of the fixture, reported by Ole.com"I'm happy to come back. Hopefully I can add to the team. I came to give my best and improve. I Hope I get the chance. It does not matter whether we are qualified," adding: "I would love to go to the World Cup."

Lamela is still finding his form in England after his big money move, but it could just be a return for Argentina which sparks him into life.

If he can seize an opportunity for his country, the plaudits which come with it in his homeland will substantially boost his confidence and hopefully translate into his performances at Whie Hart Lane.

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