Tottenham winger Erik Lamela says he feared his career was over due to injury, before making his return to the first team in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
The Argentinian underwent double hip surgery and has spent more than a year on the sidelines, but assisted Harry Kane’s goal just a couple of minutes after his introduction at the King Power Stadium
"In really bad times you always think the worst," Lamela said. "But my family was always with me and the supporters wanted me on the pitch.
"They bring me energy to work every day and to never give up. Today I’m here because I really wanted it and when you really want something you can do it.
"I feel good to be back on the pitch but disappointed at the result. Of course, I can get much better. The past 13 months were crazy, it was probably the worst time of my life. I really wanted to play but my injury took too long.
"The manager and all the staff were amazing. They were always with me, behind me. People wanted me back and I was only focused on it.
"My family was always with me, my girlfriend always pushing me to be back. And of course it was hard to be so long out but it’s football."