Argentina confirm playmaker Manuel Lanzini has ruptured ACL in training

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Manuel Lanzini training with the Argentina National Team

However, his participation in Russian Federation has been cruelly ended after suffering a knee injury in training on Friday, as confirmed by the South American giants official Twitter account.

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

The 25-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a training session with Argentina on Friday morning and is now likely to miss a big chunk of West Ham's 2018-19 campaign. Lanzini has earned four caps to date and scored his first senior global goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Italy.

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Argentina could well have done with a supplemental talent like the Hammers man, too, with forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala crying out for a steady supply of ammunition.

West Ham will be pained to hear of the knee issue, which nearly certainly means he'll miss the beginning of the Premier League season, which is scheduled to get under way on August 11. His injury is a blow for Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli who had counted on Lanzini for his starting line up.

The attacking midfielder caught Sampaoli's eye with five goals in 29 appearances for West Ham last season.

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