Tottenham record signing Lamela explains absence on Twitter, injury update

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela missed the win over Chelsea.

Tottenham produced their best display of the season so far, beating Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane.

They did so without record signing Erik Lamela, who was replaced in the starting line-up by Andros Townsend, who netted from the penalty spot.

The Argentine took to Twitter after the game to explain his omission from the team as owing to a minor injury.

Lamela will likely continue to be rested in the FA Cup game away to Burnley on Monday night, giving him nine days to recover for their next Premier League fixture.

That is on January 10 away to Crystal Palace, who are likely to have Alan Pardew installed as manager by then.

The fact Spurs were able to record such an important result without Lamela speaks volumes for their squad, and his impending return is just another reason for fans to be positive.

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