Enzo Perez replaces Manuel Lanzini in Argentina World Cup squad

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Perez, 32, who made his Argentina debut in 2009, was initially in the Albiceleste's 35-man provisional squad released by coach Jorge Sampaoli for the 2018 World Cup before he was dropped.

Perez will travel directly to Russian Federation from Argentina to meet up with his worldwide teammates, who left Barcelona on Saturday.

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

The West Ham United player has suffered a awful ACL injury and is out of the team.

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After an astonishing season for Internazionale, in a year when the Argentine finished joint top scorer with Lazio's Ciro Immobile, Icardi has been linked with a seven-figure move to the Premier League, namely with Manchester United and Chelsea the biggest names in the hat. He can score goals and play a role Lanzini is accustomed to playing by providing for Messi and Higuain.

The South Americans are in Group D with Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland. They will have a very challenging if not impossible task to get Lanzini fit in time to play at the start of the season.

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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. 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.

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