Could Erik Lamela's return give Christian Eriksen the creative back-up he needs at Tottenham?

Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino kicks the ball on the pitch at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Apoel FC and...

The Tottenham Hotspur winger is back in training and could feature before the end of the month.

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender (L), Leverkusen's Slovenian midfielder Kevin Kampl (R) and Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela vie for the ball during the Champions...

According to the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful that Erik Lamela could be back to full fitness by mid-November, and that could be a timely boost for his Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen.

For much of this season, the Danish international has been Tottenham's main creative force behind Harry Kane, and Spurs fans have been calling for an additional attacking midfielder since the end of last season.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen (C) fights for the ball with Montenegro's Adam Marusic (L) and Vladimir Jovovic (R) during the FIFA WC 2018 Group E football qualification match between...

While Tottenham were relatively busy in the final throes of the summer transfer window, they did not buy another attack-minded midfielder, meaning Lamela's return cannot come soon enough.

While he has a long way to go to win over the remaining doubters in North London and win back the hearts of those who have always  believed in him, the return of the Argentine could be vital as Tottenham attempt to navigate the hectic Christmas and New Year period and kick on in 2018.

(L-R) Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur warm up prior to kickoff  during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White...

Eriksen and Heung-min Son cannot be expected to play every single minute of games when they are only two or three days apart over the festive schedule, and if Lamela has some minutes under his belt by then he could offer the alternative that keeps everyone at Tottenham just that little bit fresher.

He may take a while to get back to his best after a year on the side-lines, but a fit and firing Lamela should not be understated and Eriksen, who has started all of Tottenham's league games so far this season, could put his feet up knowing there is another creative catalyst to call on, albeit in a slightly different position.

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