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West Ham provide positive injury update on Manuel Lanzini

Argentina v Croatia: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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West Ham United have announced that Manuel Lanzini has returned following a successful operation on his knee injury

The 25-year-old midfielder ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee with Argentina as they prepared for the World Cup in Russia.

Lanzini then had to heartbreakingly miss the World Cup to undergo surgery in June.

The Argentine has spent the last three months in Barcelona recovering.

But Lanzini has now reported back to West Ham to begin his rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team.

Richard Collinge, head of medical at West Ham, told the club website: “We’re really pleased for Manu and it’s great to have him back.

“He’s now at the three-month stage, so I flew out to see Manu and his consultant Dr Cugat at the weekend and the doctor is very happy with his progress after three months.

“Rehab-wise, we have a plan in place and Manu is very disciplined and very motivated and we’re moving in the right direction.”

New head coach Manuel Pellegrini has lost all four of his Premier League games in charge.

But the Chilean will likely be boosted by the positive update Collinge had on Andy Carroll and Winston Reid.

“Andy Carroll is progressing really nicely and he’s going to start doing some work on the pitches this week,” said Collinge.

“Winston Reid is in a knee brace and he’s eight weeks down the line from his surgery and making good progress.

“He’s going to be a little bit longer, but he’s also making good progress.”