By Harvey Byrne
West Ham attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini will return from the Argentinan Olympic squad after suffering a knee injury.
The Mirror have reported that the 23-year-old will return immediately, causing selection problems for Argentina.
The British publication state that there is a chance that he could make the start of the season, but without a pre-season under his belt it looks doubtful that he’ll feature at the start of the Premier League season.
The Hammers star is now set to return to London after West Ham’s physio Stijn Vandenbroucke revealed that he is in communication with the playmaker.
“We are in contact with Manuel and the Argentine Football Association,” said Vandenbroucke to The Mirror.
“We want him to return and be evaluated as soon as possible.”
The news of Lanzini comes 48 hours after Aaron Creswell picked up a knee injury in the 3-0 pre-season victory over Karlsruher SC.
Both players are considered first team stars for Slaven Bilic’s side and their absences will be a huge blow to the Croatian manager’s starting line-up.
Lanzini starred in 31 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions, scoring seven goals in his debut season.
He initially joined West Ham on a season-long loan from UAE’s Al Jazira Club and after a string of impressive performances the east London club signed him on a permanent deal in March.
In other West Ham team news, the Hammers have placed an £18million price tag on starlet defender Reece Oxford.