Manuel Lanzini sends heartfelt message to West Ham fans, discusses injury blow

Manuel Lanzini has thanked West Ham fans after suffering an injury.

Manuel Lanzini has told the West Ham official website that he is frustrated after suffering a thigh injury - but thanked the fans for their support.

Lanzini, 22, is currently on a season-long loan deal from Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates, and it's fair to say the Argentine playmaker has made a big impact so far.

The ex-River Plate star has become a firm fan favourite at Upton Park, and with five goals and one assist to his name, it's been a dream start to life in England for Lanzini.

However, just as Lanzini was establishing himself as West Ham's chief playmaker in the absence of Dimitri Payet, he has himself been struck down with an injury.

A thigh injury suffered in training just before last weekend's game against Manchester United will keep Lanzini on the sidelines for at least six weeks, meaning he will miss the whole of the busy Christmas period.

It's a huge blow to Lanzini, but also to manager Slaven Bilic, who is currently having to deal with a remarkable injury crisis at Upton Park.

Now, speaking to the West Ham official website, Lanzini has admitted that he is 'frustrated' to be ruled out, but sent a message of thanks to the Hammers fans who has supported him since his injury.

"I’d like to thank all the West Ham fans who have wished me a speedy recovery since getting injured last week, it honestly means a lot," said Lanzini. "One of the most frustrating things about being injured is the uncertainty, the not knowing how long it’ll take to recover and return to full fitness."

"Trust me when I say I am as desperate to return to action as you are. Thankfully my recovery is going well and I may be able to return in a few weeks. I’m feeling a lot better now, I’m hoping to get back as soon as possible, there’s nothing like the feeling of running out on the pitch every weekend so I’m hoping for a quick recovery and hopefully I get back to the level I was playing at before the injury," he added.

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