Argentina's Lanzini tears right knee ligament, out of WCup

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 29, 2018 file photo, Argentina's Manuel Lanzini controls the ball as Haiti's Fabien Vorbe, left, watches during a friendly soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina says midfielder Manuel Lanzini has torn a ligament in his right knee, ruling him out of the World Cup. Argentina says that Lanzini injured his leg while the team trained in Barcelona, Spain on Friday, June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
Argentina's Manuel Lanzini takes part during a team training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Friday, June 8, 2018. Lanzini has torn a ligament in his right knee, ruling him out of the World Cup. Lanzini was injured while the team trained in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Argentina's Manuel Lanzini, center, controls the ball during a team training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Friday, June 8, 2018. Lanzini has torn a ligament in his right knee, ruling him out of the World Cup. Lanzini was injured while the team trained in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain — Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini tore a ligament in his right knee on Friday, ruling him out of the World Cup.

Lanzini was injured while the team trained in Barcelona, Spain, before heading to Russia for the tournament.

Team doctor Daniel Martinez said they would announce soon when and where Lanzini will undergo the operation to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

Argentina opens its World Cup campaign in eight days against Iceland in Moscow.

The 25-year-old Lanzini, who plays for English club West Ham, was expected to be a starter for coach Jorge Sampaoli.

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