Danny Mills claims that Manuel Lanzini’s injury is a “hammer blow” for West Ham and that they will have to make sure he is 100 per cent before he returns to playing.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender highlighted that a collarbone issue can be a delicate problem to recover from and that Lanzini could easily damage himself further were he to come back before it had properly healed.
West Ham have confirmed that the Argentinian maestro has undergone surgery on a fractured collarbone picked up against Burnley, reports suggesting he will be out until the new year as a result.
Mills says that West Ham are in desperate need of the 26-year-old’s creativity in attack but that they cannot afford to rush him back to action too soon.
Asked if Lanzini’s setback was a hammer blow for Pellegrini’s men, Mills told Football Insider: “It is, isn’t it? They need that little bit of creativity in there as well. It is a blow.
“It is a difficult injury in football because the clavicle and collarbone is quite fragile at times. There’s an awful lot of movement that goes through the top half of the body, shoulder charges, holding people off.
“They’ll have to make sure that is well and truly fixed.”
Lanzini has played 11 times for the Hammers in the Premier League this season, with three assists but no goals to his name.
The Argentine was forced to watch from the sidelines for the majority of the 2018/19 campaign as a result of a ruptured cruciate ligament suffered while on international duty, managing to play just 10 times.