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Lanzini on the (long) road to recovery

Filed: Sunday, 17th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

Manuel Lanzini's long road to recovery has already started, says West Ham United's new Head of Medical.

The Argentinian international sustained a serious knee injury during a training session in preparation for the World Cup Finals just a week before the tournament began, leading to rumours that his career could be over.

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However Hammers doc Richard Collinge insists that Lanzini will be back in due course - without putting a time frame on his full recovery. "Manu had a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament," said Collinge.

"We had a consultation with Dr Cugat in Barcelona on Tuesday where we planned the surgery, which was undertaken late on Thursday night. The surgery went well and everything went to plan, the cruciate ligament was repaired and we now start down the road to recovery.

"Manu will be staying in Barcelona for two to three weeks, undergoing intensive rehabilitation, and I will be going out there to oversee the early phases of that. He will then be returning to London to work with ourselves.

"There are lots of milestones which we need to reach, but rest assured we will be pulling out all the stops to get him out there as soon as possible."

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Collinge also revealed that Lanzini was being supported by family and friends as he attempts to regain full fitness. "I was fortunate enough to meet his family earlier on in the week and everyone is also remaining positive around him," he revealed.

"He has a good network around him from his family, West Ham and the Argentinian FA, who have been extremely supportive as well, so we’re heading along the right path."

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