Argentina midfielder Manuel Lazini ruled out 2018 FIFA World Cup with serious knee injury
Posted: 8 June 2018 Time: 13:30
Argentina confirmed midfielder Manuel Lanzini will miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury just six days before the tournament kicks off.
Lanzini, 25, was looking to establish himself in the national team after an impressive season with Premier League side West Ham United.
Having scored five goals and registering nine assists in 29 games across all competitions, the diminutive midfielder earned his way into head coach Jorge Sampaoli's plans and featured in their only warm-up fixture against Haiti.
However, his participation in Russia has been cruelly ended after suffering a knee injury in training on Friday, as confirmed by the South American giants official Twitter account.
In what's the second setback since first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero's knee injury, Sampaoli will now be expected to name a replacement for their traveling squad set to depart on Saturday.
The 2014 runners-up kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 and then take on Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.