West Ham have been rocked by the news of Manuel Lanzini’s long-term injury setback, which will see the midfielder miss Argentina’s World Cup campaign.

The Hammers ace had worked hard to establish himself in Jorge Sampaoli’s ranks for the South American giants, while also becoming a key player at club level following the move to the London Stadium.

However, Lanzini could now be forced to miss a huge chunk of Manuel Pellegrini’s debut season with the Hammers – with some suggestions he could miss the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign.

The 25-year-old has now lifted the lid on how the injury occurred, in quotes published by Football.London.

“I received a pass from Marcos Rojo and tried to give it to Javier Mascherano who was behind me.”

“When I turned, I didn’t set my foot firmly on the ground and all my weight fell on my knee. I knew instantly that it was going to be very bad.”

“I pose myself so many questions but I know there are no answers. But I try to see things in a positive light, which was what my parents always told me.”

“I’m receiving support from my family and my teammates and that has been extremely important for me because when I had the injury I felt like the world fell over me, it was the worst sensation I felt in these 25 years.”

“I will have surgery in Barcelona, Spain, with Ramon Cugat, and I’m going to be very serious in my recovery. It’s not a question of how fast I come back but of following the plan and come back as best as possible.”