Date: 14th April 2019 at 9:00pm
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West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of next Saturday’s clash with Leicester City, according to Claret & Hugh.

The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Argentine, who started Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United, will be unavailable for the London Stadium contest.

The 26-year-old pulled up with a groin injury during the second half of the game at Old Trafford and eventually had to be substituted.

The player is set to have a scan to assess the setback, but as of yet there is no definitive verdict on how serious the problem is.

OPINION

This is a major blow for West Ham and also for a player who is only just returning from an extremely serious injury. Lanzini was finally starting to get into the game on Saturday when this setback occurred, making it doubly frustrating for everyone involved. He is a tremendous talent, but it’s been evident that he’s a little rusty after sitting out for months and months. He certainly won’t be relishing missing any more time. Having said that, there probably would have been some indication by now if this really was a serious setback. The fact that he is currently only slated to miss the Leicester game is actually good news for Hammers fans. There would be noises that his season was over were it a more serious problem. Obviously we’ll need to wait for the results of the scan to now for sure, but at the moment is seems like it’s probably just a minor problem. If he misses one game and then comes back that won’t be the worst thing in the world for the player or West Ham given his inconsistent recent performances.