West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session yesterday.
Lanzini will be devastated to miss his first World Cup with Argentina. The Premier League midfielder has been top quality for West Ham ever since his move to England and he could have been a valuable option for Sampaoli.
An anterior cruciate ligament injury means Lanzini will not just miss the World Cup. The midfielder is likely to miss a considerable chunk of next season as well.
The extent of the injury is yet to be confirmed but cruciate ligament damage usually rules out a player for around six to nine months.
West Ham fans seemed gutted with the news as well. They would have expected Lanzini to kick on under new manager Manuel Pellegrini and perform at a higher level next season.
Here is how the West Ham fans reacted to the news.
#FuerzaManu get well soon
— soo swee seng (@soosweeseng0706) 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
Bad luck of life comes upon him at the wrong time #lanzini
— DIY How To Make (@YouTubeHowToDIY) 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
He’s a very talented player and deserved to be at the World Cup. Gutted for him
— Ivan Picks 🇩🇪 to win WC (@IvanOrnelas2) June 8, 2018
— Hago (@Hago__) June 8, 2018
Really feel so bad, he deserves to play in the World Cup.
— jj ⚒ (@jeremiahhjoshua) 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
Gutted for him and us. Get well soon.
— Richard Tulk (@RichardTulk) June 8, 2018