Lanzini ruled out of world cup with knee injury
Argentina and West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the first game of the World Cup.
Lanzini Scored five times in 27 appearances for the Irons last season. it has been suggested that he could be sidelined for over 12 months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Known for causing long periods out of the game this type of injury is one all players fear. Oftentimes when players suffer a torn ACL they do not return to former standard.
Argentina will now need to find a replacement for the playmaker. Manager Sampaoli has not announced who this will be.
Sergio Romero, Man United keeper has also been ruled out of the Argentinian squad with a very similar knee injury. His replacement has been named as Guzman.
West Ham fans had previously been optimistic about the options that Lanzini created for the club. Either a playmaker to build a team around or a sale bringing in a substantial transfer fee to the club.
Replacing Lanzini will not be easy but the manager has options.
Already boasting a handful of talent in the middle of the park. Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Angel Di Maria and Giovani Lo Celso are ready and available for selection.
In my opinion a possible replacement would be PSG midfielder Javi Pastore. Pastore made 14 appearances for the ligue 1 winners PSG last season and contributed on almost every occasion.
Rumoured to be the replacement that West Ham are considering. Pastore could make a move to the London stadium.