Messi and Argentina teammates are absolutely gutted about Manuel Lanzini's injury

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Lanzini ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and is expected to be out for at least six months.

West Ham fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the news and with their superstar well in his recovery from a nasty injury.

Argentina have a wealth of attacking options to choose from, with names such as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and, of course, Lionel Messi making other national teams a different shade of scarlet with envy.

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

Sampaoli originally named a 35-man provisional squad for Russian Federation and will likely select a replacement from the 12 players he dropped for his final group. Argentina have been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

The seriousness of the injury also means Lanzini is likely to miss the opening games of the 2018-19 Premier League season. The thrilling playmaker is a fan favourite amongst Hammers supporters, and this most recent season has completed 27 appearances with a return of five goals and seven assists. He could move Mark Arnautovic to that spot to start the season if West Ham is able to keep him.