WC 2018: Argentina replaces injured Lanzini

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

The 25-year-old had been knocking on the door of national honours for a while, and he finally broke into the Argentina squad last year, when he made his debut against Brazil in Melbourne.

West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini is out of the World Cup for Argentina.

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.

Lanzini was named in Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man squad last month but has now been ruled out after rupturing an anterior knee ligament.

Lanzini fights for the ball with a sparring during a training session as part of the preparation for the Fifa World Cup Russia at training Camp on May 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The West Ham United player has suffered a bad ACL injury and is out of the team.

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 severity of the injury suggests the Argentine will miss the opening weeks of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign although it yet to be confirmed.

Sampaoli originally named a 35-man provisional squad for Russian Federation and will likely select a replacement from the 12 players he dropped for his final group.

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