Good that he's nearly back but let's not imagine he'll be match fit immediately. Maybe a substitute appearance then gets eased back in. With Nkoudou available as well we'll soon have more attacking options and our medical staff can concentrate on Rose and Wanyama.
Really excited about this. It never comes across when watching game highlights but if you watch the full game, Lamela leads the press, brings crucial energy to the team and is brilliant at chasing back. His contribution to the team is so undervalued but he really is a key player for us, particularly - as noted above - in this system.
Another thing about Lamela is his winning attitude, typified by an interview Danny Rose did about 18 months ago when we were 2nd and chasing down Leicester. Rose recalled how the two of them had sat down for dinner one evening and Rose had asked him "so do you think we'll make top four this season?". And Lamela had replied "my friend, we can win this thing". According to Rose, it was Lamela who helped the team to get over its 'scrape in to the top 4' mentality and start to challenge the very top. I feel this transformation in attitude really manifested last season.