West Ham midfielder, Manuel Lanzini, who was part of the Argentina squad, will miss the World Cup after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in training.
The 25-year old, who has four international caps for his country, suffered the injury on Friday morning, less than a week before the start of the tournament, with the country’s football association making the announcement on Twitter.
Argentina begin their World Cup campaign in Group D against Iceland on 16 June, before going on to play Croatia and Nigeria, but they must now do so without Lansing, who is likely to miss the start of next season for West Ham as well.
The two-time World Cup winners were scheduled to play Israel in their final World Cup warm-up match on Saturday in Jerusalem, but the fixture has subsequently been cancelled following the protests over the recent violence in Gaza.
Argentina have yet to announce a replacement for Lanzini in their squad.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.