Mauro Icardi in contention to replace injured Manuel Lanzini in Argentina's World Cup squad

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 June 2018, 11:55

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli is currently weighing up his options following the unfortunate withdrawal of Manuel Lanzini.

Lanzini suffered World Cup heartbreak on Friday when it was revealed that the West Ham midfielder had been forced to pull out of the Argentina squad after he ruptured his cruciate ligaments during training.

But Lanzini’s pain could be Mauro Icardi’s gain with the Inter Milan skipper one of the players on the stand-by list, as he nervously awaits a potential phone call from Sampaoli.

The 25-year-old was the major casualty from Sampaoli’s 23-man Argentina squad, which was named last month.

Sampaoli already has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.

However, surely there’s room for one more…?

Icardi would have been gutted at the original omission, given that he's just enjoyed another goal-drenched season at Inter, during which he fired in 29 Serie A goals.

The lethal forward is now reportedly a transfer target for Premier league giants Chelsea and Man Utd who are currently deciding whether to trigger his E110 million clause at Inter.

But before he even thinks about his club future, his main focus is getting that prized call up for Russia’s showpiece spectacle.

Argentina have been placed in a potentially tricky looking Group D where they do battle with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.


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