In preparation for World Cup and following Lanzini’s latest injury that denied him playing for the World Cup, Argentina have called up River Plate midfielder Enzo Perez to replace Manuel Lanzini, the Argentine Football Association said on Saturday, according to Reuters.
The 32-year-old, a former Valencia and Benfica player, has 23 caps, the last of which he won last year. He played four years for Benfica in Portugal, where he won five trophies, most notably the domestic treble in the 2013–14 season, and reached two consecutive UEFA Europa League finals.
Lanzini dropped out Argentina’s World Cup squad on Friday after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Argentina’s national team are due to travel to Russia from Barcelona later on Saturday ahead of the start of the World Cup on June 14.
Twice world champions and beaten finalists in Brazil four years ago, Argentina face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in the group stage in Russia this year.