Argentina confirm playmaker Manuel Lanzini has ruptured ACL in training

Argentina confirm playmaker Manuel Lanzini has ruptured ACL in training

Argentina have confirmed West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and will miss the World Cup. 

Lanzini, 25, was going to be playing in his first World Cup with Argentina before sustaining the injury in training.

Despite having just four caps, Lanzini had fully cemented himself into Jorge Sampaoli’s plans and was set to start in Albiceleste’s opening game against Iceland in Russia.

However now the player looks to be facing a lengthy stretch of rehabilitation, and will likely miss the beginning of the next Premier League season.

The tweet from Argentina’s official Twitter account read: “Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today’s morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.”

More dread for Sampaoli’s Argentina

The injury to Lanzini is just the latest in a mishap-hit tournament preparation for Argentina – a World Cup the South American’s barely qualified for in the first place.

The West Ham playmaker fulfilled a key placatory role for Sampoli who has struggled with shoehorning Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala in the same starting XI, generally benching the latter, much to the dismay of elements back home.

Lanzini was the man to start in Dybala’s space, now the manager has another decision to make.

Previous dismay came when the 58-year-old left Mauro Icardi out of his squad, despite the Inter man scoring 29 goals in 34 league games last term, the joint-most in Serie A with Ciro Immobile.