Argentina’s Lanzini ruled out of World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
June 9, 2018

Breaking news coming out of Barcelona as Manuel Lanzini is out of the World Cup for Argentina.

Manuel Lanzini became the latest addition to the casualty list this week, as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training.

Argentina's national team is due to travel to Russian Federation on Saturday for the World Cup.

Lanzini plays for West Ham United and will also miss the start of 2018/19 Premier League season.

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

Many believed that Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, who netted 29 goals in Serie A last campaign was a better choice than Lanzini who could only manage five strikes for the Hammers.

Icardi's initial exclusion from the squad has surprised many people as he led Inter from the front and helped them secure a Champions League berth for next season. Or alternatively, Boca Juniors' Cristian Pavón could find himself filling in for Lanzini in Argentina's opening group game against Iceland on Saturday 16th June. Lanzini would have been an option starting for Jorge Sampaoli, and given Argentina some speed and spark in a potential win or go home scenario.

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