Lanzini to miss World Cup with knee injury

Argentina confirm Manuel Lanzini is out of the World Cup with ACL injury

Manuel Lanzini will not feature for Argentina at the World Cup

Lanzini ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and is expected to be out for at least six months.

The World Cup finals kick off in Russian Federation next week and the 25-year-old West Ham United player was expected to be a starter in manager Jorge Sampaoli's squad.

'Manuel Lanzini suffered, in this morning training session, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee, ' Argentina confirmed in an official statement.

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Lanzini's original selection raised some eyebrows as he was picked by manager Jorge Sampaoli ahead of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals in Serie A last season.

Lanzini's injury was confirmed on Argentina's men's verified Twitter handle, Seleccion Argentina.

The 25-year-old, who had been linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Argentina cancelled their final warm-up clash with Israel on Saturday, meaning the only preparation they have had since a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Spain in March was a routine 4-0 victory over Haiti.

The seriousness of the injury also means Lanzini is likely to miss the opening games of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

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