Manuel Lanzini out of World Cup for Argentina

Lynette Rowe
June 9, 2018

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.

If Lanzini is indeed ruled out then it is nearly certain that Icardi will finally get the chance of representing his nation in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini was ruled out of the upcoming World Cup on Friday, when news broke that he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while training with the Argentina squad ahead of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has said Argentina are well prepared for the World Cup and highlighted their individual quality as key.

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

Jorge Sampaoli chose to pick Lanzini ahead of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals in Serie A last season.

It remains to be seen for how long Lanzini is on the sidelines, although it is likely that he will miss the start of next season, given the severity of his injury.

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