Manuel Lanzini has been a key player for West Ham United over the last few seasons, so it was that much more devastating when news broke about the midfielder’s injury woe.
The Hammers confirmed on their official website that the 25-year-old had suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty with Argentina.
The playmaker was preparing for his nation’s World Cup campaign at Russia 2018, but due to the injury, he will no longer be able to compete.
The extent of the injury is unknown, but some fans are concerned that the midfielder, who has earned four caps for his country, will miss the start of the 2018-19 season.
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Awww gutted for him??
— Val Bennion (@Valbenn1) June 9, 2018
Gutted to hear about this. What an opportunity for the young fella and it looks as though he’s already ruled out for the majority of next season too
— CJDrakey (@CJDrakey) June 9, 2018
Really feel so bad, he deserves to play in the World Cup.
— jj ⚒ (@jeremiahhjoshua) June 8, 2018
That is just sad not only do we maybe lose a quality player from the World Cup but he may not be right for the beginning of the season
— Colin keenan (@colinkeenan71) June 8, 2018
So-so gutted for Manu, heart breaking to have got in to the Argentine squad only to miss out on the World Cup, get well soon.
— Mark Smith⚒ (@marksmudge67) June 8, 2018
Wishing you a speedy recovery mate ?⚒️ Christ, why did this have to happen! pic.twitter.com/4PeisGE33Z
— Nibbles ⚒️ (@NibblesWHU) June 8, 2018
— Hago (@Hago__) June 8, 2018
noooo. hope he has a speedy recovery. we really need him. such a shame he will miss potentially his only chance of playing in a world cup too 🙁
— Angus | Purge tL (@IGreatPurge) June 8, 2018
Last season, Lanzini made 29 appearances in all competitions, and in that time he scored five goals and created six assists.
Manuel Pellegrini’s vision for the club is unclear following his appointment as West Ham manager, but it is likely that Lanzini will be a prominent figure when fit.