Argentine Manuel Lanzini out of the World Cup after cruciate ligament injury in training

Manuel Lanzini  is out of the World Cup after suffering a serious knee injury on the eve of the tournament.

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The Argentine Football Federation confirmed the news on Friday that the West Ham midfielder had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training ruling him out of Russia.

A short statement read: “Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today’s morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.”

The news is a devastating blow to Jorge Sampaoli’s side with the tournament kicking off in Moscow in less than a week.

Lanzini, who scored five goals in 29 appearances for the Hammers in 2017-18, has made three appearances for his country, scoring his first goal in March’s 2-0 victory over Italy.

Argentina begin their Group D campaign against Iceland on June 16 before facing Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26.

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