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.
The details of the injury is not only going to have a significant effect on the South Americans, but the Hammers are likely to miss a key man for the start of the new Premier League season which will be a massive blow.
Lanzini arrived in London from Al Jazira under Slaven Bilic in July 2015. He was originally signed on a season long loan, and having impressed in that first term at Upton Park the club made a move for him on a permanent basis, where he has been lighting up their play ever since.
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.
He has gone on to win four caps for his country, the latest of which came in a warm up match to the World Cup against Haiti last month, but sadly the injury he has suffered has ruled him out of a tournament he was all set to raise his profile even further in.
Anterior cruciate ligament injuries usually require at least three months to heal, which means that not only is Lanzini going to miss the showpiece event in Russia, but he is also expected to be on the sidelines when West Ham begin their new season.
That will be a major blow for new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who will have been expecting to base the attacking play of his side around the creative midfielder.
West Ham fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the news and with their superstar well in his recovery from a nasty injury.
Absolutely gutted for you @manulanzini stay strong and come back even stronger.
Wishing you a speedy recovery on your torn ACL
— ⚒️COYI ⚒️ (@Whufc80) June 8, 2018
— David Watkins (@stumpyUK_1989) June 8, 2018
— Luke Darling (@lukejdarling) June 8, 2018
— ……. (@Cairnsy93) June 8, 2018
— WHU (@whu_leftyhammer) June 8, 2018
— David Bowden (@Bowdenwhu) June 8, 2018
— David Lefranc (@frenchey226) June 8, 2018
Gutted for lanzini #whufc
— Patrick Sullivan (@PatrickSulliv12) June 8, 2018
Feel terrible for Lanzini. Wish him all he best in his recovery and hope he knows how much he means to us. Now signings of Mario, Andersen, Pastore – any combo of the 3, become that much more crucial for us in this window #COYI #WHUFC
— Tim Alexander (@DJTiale) June 8, 2018
Gutted for Lanzini, would have been a starter at World Cup. A blow for West Ham but horrible for him, come back stronger #WHUFC
— Stephen Rickett (@stephen_rickett) June 8, 2018