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Lanzini is set to miss the World Cup

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini set to miss World Cup with knee injury suffered in Argentina training

Argentina star Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup with a serious knee injury.

The World Cup finals kick off in Russian Federation next week and the 25-year-old West Ham United player was expected to be a starter in manager Jorge Sampaoli's squad. Lanzini plays for West Ham United and will also miss the start of 2018/19 Premier League season.

"Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today's morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee", the federation wrote in a Twitter message.

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Sampaoli originally named a 35-man provisional squad for Russian Federation and will likely select a replacement from the 12 players he dropped for his final group.

The injury to Lanzini is just the latest in a mishap-hit tournament preparation for Argentina - a World Cup the South American's barely qualified for in the first place. He made 29 appearances for West Ham last season, scoring five goals and creating nine assists.

Argentina have a wealth of attacking options to choose from, with names such as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and, of course, Lionel Messi making other national teams a different shade of scarlet with envy.

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