The brilliant Argentinian playmaker and fan-favorite, Manuel Lanzini, is facing an injury setback.
After playing in the opening five matches of the season, Lanzini is set to miss a month of football due to injury.
Lanzini has a lengthy injury history. His biggest one to arrived when he wanted it the least – just before the 2018 World Cup.
That injury saw Lanzini miss the World Cup for Argentina, as well as 27 matches for West Ham the following season. Even after he recovered, Lanzini missed six matches due to the process of returning to the team and fitness issues.
While the start of the season was solid for Lanzini, stringing five matches where he played 90 minutes on average, luck turned its back on him again.
According to Football London, Lanzini could be out for three or four weeks.
In this period, West Ham has a tough schedule, where they’re bound to face Manchester United, Bournemouth, Everton, and Crystal Palace.
West Ham just started to find their ground in the Premier League. Pellegrini’s men went four matches unbeaten, including two wins in the process.
With Lanzini’s absence, West Ham will rely on the newcomer, Haller, to provide even more spark.
Sebastien Haller looks like a bargain now. The French striker is able to score, as well as link-up his teammates.
This will be increasingly important with the lack of Lanzini’s playmaking.