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Rumoured Liverpool target Manuel Lanzini suffers major injury

09 June 2018
Rumoured Liverpool target Manuel Lanzini suffers major injury

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.

Argentina forward Manuel Lanzini's World Cup dreams are over following an injury he suffered while training with the national team.

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

Twice world champions and beaten finalists in Brazil four years ago, Argentina face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in the group stage in Russian Federation this year.

The West Ham midfielder was set to start next to Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria in Argentina's attacking midfield line, behind Gonzalo Higuaín, but will now have to watch his compatriots from his sofa.

Lanzini will be in recovery for several months and is a serious doubt for the start of West Ham's 2018/19 campaign in the Premier League. His injury is a blow for Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli who had counted on Lanzini for his starting line up.

Sampaoli and his technical crew will now quickly decide the player who will replace Lanzini in the coming days.