Manuel Lanzini Ruled Out of Argentina's 2018 World Cup After Rupturing ACL

Arnold Nichols
June 9, 2018

"Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today's morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee", the national side announced on Twitter.

If Lanzini is indeed ruled out then it is nearly certain that Icardi will finally get the chance of representing his nation in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 25-year-old has worked his way into head coach Jorge Sampaoli's plans and scored his first senior global goal against Italy in a 2-0 friendly win at the Etihad in March.

Argentina, who begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland June 16, have yet to announce a replacement.

Lanzini, who scored five goals in 29 appearances for the Hammers in 2017-18, has made three appearances for Argentina, scoring his first goal in March's 2-0 victory over Italy.

Argentina have been training in Barcelona, home to forward Lionel Messi, before travelling to Russian Federation. An injury like this could also see him out for a portion of the EPL season with West Ham. Lanzini would have been an option starting for Jorge Sampaoli, and given Argentina some speed and spark in a potential win or go home scenario.

"Enzo Perez will be the player to replace Manuel Lanzini", the handle was quoted.

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