West Ham United have suffered a major blow with the news that Manuel Lanzini is set to miss the next two months of the season through injury, after the Argentine star fractured his collarbone in the Hammers' 3-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
Lanzini was fouled by Ashley Westwood during West Ham's dismal performance at Turf Moor and the 26-year-old required oxygen as was stretchered off the pitch when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
This setback compounds the Hammers' recent misery, and The Guardian reports that Lanzini will need to undergo surgery on Monday, which will rule him out for the rest of the calendar year, leaving the London club with an ever-growing injury list.
Lanzini missed the majority of last season with a serious knee injury, and he has struggled to nail down a sustained run in the team without suffering fitness issues.
Pressure is beginning to grow on West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini, and the Chilean boss will be deeply concerned that his star midfielder is out of action once again, as he attempts to drag his side back up the table.
The Hammers slipped to 16th in the league after Saturday's defeat to Burnley, and it leaves Pellegrini's men without a win in their last seven games in all competitions, since they beat Manchester United back in mid-September.
West Ham have suffered some disastrous defeats against Crystal Palace and Newcastle during that run, which has coincided with the loss of goalkeeper
Source : 90min