The Argentinean Football Federation have announced that Manuel Lanzini has suffered a serious knee injury and will miss the World Cup this summer
The 25-year-old has endured an injury-hit season at West Ham United and is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Lanzini had been called up to Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23-man World Cup squad for Argentina and was expected to be a regular in the side at Russia.
“Manuel Lanzini suffered, in this morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” a statement read on the Argentinean FA’s official Twitter account.
[PARTE MÉDICO] Manuel Lanzini sufrió, en el entrenamiento matutino de hoy, la rotura del ligamento cruzado anterior de su rodilla derecha. pic.twitter.com/lmYEVr5YaV
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 8, 2018
Reports have suggested that Lanzini will be out for the rest of the year, although nothing has been confirmed yet.
In the midfielder’s absence, West Ham struggled and new head coach Manuel Pellegrini will undoubtedly have to revise his plans for the new season as a result.