Following Manuel Lanzini's training ground injury on worldwide duty, Inter Milan's talismanic striker Mauro Icardi is being lined up as his replacement for the Argentina squad to travel to Russian Federation this summer for the World Cup.
"Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today's morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee", the federation wrote in a Twitter message.
The attacking midfielder caught Sampaoli's eye with five goals in 29 appearances for West Ham last season.
Argentina have called up River Plate midfielder, Enzo Perez, as a last-minute replacement for injured Manuel Lanzini.
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Lanzini fights for the ball with a sparring during a training session as part of the preparation for the Fifa World Cup Russia at training Camp on May 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires. All eyes will now be on Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli to see who will be replacing Lanzini in the squad.
Sampaoli and his technical crew will now quickly decide the player who will replace Lanzini in the coming days.
A ruptured ACL is one of the worst injuries an athlete can have and Lanzini could miss the first few games for West Ham.