Argentina's Lanzini ruled out of World Cup

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

Lanzini, who battled a persistent knee injury towards the end of the Premier League season, started Argentina's 4-0 friendly win against Haiti at the end of May.

The West Ham United forward ruptured his cruciate knee ligament in training on Friday, Argentina confirmed on their official Twitter page.

Enzo Perez has been added to Argentina's World Cup squad as a replacement for Manuel Lanzini.

River Plate midfielder Perez has taken his spot in Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man squad, having made three appearances at the last World Cup - he started in the semi-final and the final.

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

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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.

Manuel Lanzini training with the Argentina National Team.

Sampaoli and his technical crew will now quickly decide the player who will replace Lanzini in the coming days.

Jorge Sampaoli chose to pick Lanzini ahead of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who scored 29 goals in Serie A last season.

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