Perez replaces Lanzini in Argentina World Cup squad

Perez replaces Lanzini in Argentina World Cup squad

If Lanzini is indeed ruled out then it is nearly certain that Icardi will finally get the chance of representing his nation in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

The injury obviously rules the 25-year-old out of the World Cup and he'll miss a large portion of the next Premier League season too.

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.

"Enzo Perez will be the player to replace Manuel Lanzini", the handle was quoted.

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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.

Sampaoli has until 15:00 CEST on June 15, 24 hours before Argentina's opening game against Iceland in Moscow, to call up a replacement for the West Ham favourite.

West Ham will be pained to hear of the knee issue, which nearly certainly means he'll miss the beginning of the Premier League season, which is scheduled to get under way on August 11. All eyes will now be on Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli to see who will be replacing Lanzini in the squad.

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