Manuel Lanzini has suffered a knee injury during an Argentina training session that has ruled the midfielder out of the World Cup. In a tweet posted by on the official Twitter account of the Argentinian Football Association, it said: “Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today’s morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.” The news is a crushing blow to Jorge Sampaoli’s team as the World Cup is kicking off in Moscow in less than a week.
Horrible news for Manuel Lanzini. pic.twitter.com/mWE3ylsuGW
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 8, 2018
This sad news of the knee injury comes worse for the team in the build-up to the tournament, which gets underway in just under a week. The West Ham star had worked his way into the Albiceleste’s first choice team under Jorge Sampaoli and was ready to start against Iceland in his country’s opening match in Russia. The 25-year old midfielder looked set to play a significant role in the Albiceleste’s at the tournament but due to his injury, he won’t be able to.
Messi and the rest of the Argentina squad reacting to Manuel Lanzini’s injury ☹️☹️ pic.twitter.com/vOC0C483UB
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) June 8, 2018
“Love you, little man, I know how much playing for Argentina at this World Cup meant to you. Be strong @manulanzini,” Noble tweeted.
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) June 8, 2018
Adrian tweeted: “All my best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keep being strong and get well soon bro!!”
All my best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keep being strong and get well soon bro!!
Mis mejores deseos para una pronta recuperación, fuerzas y mucho ánimo chulito 😘 pic.twitter.com/pxnIBJRfrR
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) June 8, 2018
Argentina’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup has been rough. Firstly, Sergio Romero has suffered a knee injury ruling him out of the World Cup. After the threats that were made against Lionel Messi, the match against Israel was canceled. This match was supposed to be their final warm-up match in Jerusalem on Saturday. This means that they will have to go 17 days without on-field action till their first World Cup match.
Diego Perotti, Enzo Perez, and Leandro Paredes are believed to be among the likely substitutes, but the former Chile boss could also turn to Lautaro Martinez or Icardi.
Rumors that Manuel Lanzini’s replacement in the Argentina squad will be one of Enzo Perez, Leandro Paredes or Guido Pizarro.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 8, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli’s side is in Group D, beginning their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16th June. Further fixtures follow against Croatia on 21st June and Nigeria on 26th June.