West Ham to be without Manuel Lanzini until 2020 with midfielder to undergo surgery on fractured collarbone

10 Nov

Manuel Lanzini may not play again this year after it was confirmed the West Ham midfielder fractured his collarbone against Burnley.

It capped off a miserable day for the Hammers, as the Clarets ended their own poor run with a thumping win at Turf Moor.

Manuel Lanzini lies prone on the turf after fracturing his collar bone
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Strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood celebrated their new contracts with a goal apiece in the 3-0 win, with Wood having another chalked off by VAR.

The third goal was a calamity for Hammers keeper Roberto, who was given a vote of confidence by Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday following criticism of his performances in the absence of the injured Lukasz Fabianski.

There is no medical term for a fear of corners but Roberto was all at sea all afternoon, with the nadir coming in the 54th minute when he pushed Ashley Westwood’s cross into his net for an own goal.

However, it could be about to get even worse long-term for the Hammers after Lanzini was stretchered off.

The Argentina international was stretchered off
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Reserve goalkeeper Roberto has deputised in the absence of Fabianksi and flapped at this cross at Turf Moor
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The Argentina international required oxygen after landing awkwardly and is now set for surgery, potentially ruling him out for at least two months.

Lanzini will join Lukasz Fabianski in the treatment room, who is still recovering from a torn hip muscle. In his absence, West Ham are decidedly worse and reserve shot-stopper Roberto is struggling massively.

The Hammers lost once from their opening six games with Fabianski in goal. But since the former Arsenal man limped off away at Bournemouth, they have picked up just one point and conceded a whopping 11 goals.

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