WC 2018: Argentina replaces injured Lanzini

WC 2018: Argentina replaces injured Lanzini

Enzo Perez has been called into the Argentina squad as the replacement for Manuel Lanzini after the West Ham midfielder was ruled out of the World Cup with injury.

"Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today's morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee", the tweet from the Argentine national team read in part.

Argentina are in Group D at Russian Federation 2018, beginning their campaign against Iceland on June 16.

The West Ham playmaker, who netted five goals in 27 Premier League games this season, ruptured his cruciate knee ligament in training yesterday and is likely to miss most of the 2018/19 campaign as well as this summer's tournament.

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An 85th-minute goal in a friendly meeting with Italy back in March appeared to have helped cement his place in Argentina's World Cup squad.

Perez will travel directly to Russian Federation from Argentina to meet up with his worldwide teammates, who left Barcelona on Saturday.

They will now have to deal with a new player being drafted in after Lanzini's serious injury.

West Ham have been linked with a number of midfielders in the transfer market, including Manchester City veteran Yaya Toure, and Lanzini's injury could intensify the pursuit for signings in this area.

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