Argentina’s World Cup preparations have taken a further blow with the news that midfielder Manuel Lanzini has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in training and will miss the tournament.
The 25-year-old was set for a starting role within Jorge Sampaoli’s side despite making only three Argentina appearances but the Albiceleste will now be forced to bring a replacement to Russia.
With goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán already drafted in to replace the injured Sergio Romero, Argentina have now lost two of their likely starting eleven.
Two years ago, Lanzini suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the Olympics and saw Cristian Pavón handed his place, and on Friday morning the former River Plate playmaker was dealt another cruel blow.
[PARTE MÉDICO] Manuel Lanzini sufrió, en el entrenamiento matutino de hoy, la rotura del ligamento cruzado anterior de su rodilla derecha. pic.twitter.com/lmYEVr5YaV
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 8, 2018