|Has Erik Lamela's mental weakness resurfaced again?|
There are so many stories going around about Erik Lamela and his absence from the team. He last played at Liverpool in the League Cup in October and the latest scan on his hip showed no long-term damage again, yet still he is in rehabilitation.
The latest story is that he is struggling to get over the death of his dog, after December when his brother was involved in a motorbike accident and his own problems recovering from what was supposed to be a minor muscle pull in the hip.
There is talk of depression in some quarters, which to be honest wouldn't surprise me at all. He demonstrated a mental weakness when he joined us and wanted to return to Italy. It took a couple of years for him to get his head right and focus on enjoying his football here. However, if there is a weakness there then it is prone to resurface under duress when we revert to our default setting as opposed to our managed setting.
It is quite possible we have gone back to square one again. He may not want to return to Italy to play, he did to receive treatment, but mentally he clearly isn't in a happy place right now. Mauricio Pochettino has talked about him being anxious so there are mental issues.
When he does return, which Lamela will we see, the timid stay out of the box guy we first saw or the involved get in the box player he then showed?
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