The Hammers ace is only just back from a knee injured incurred in a pre-World Cup camp with his nation.

West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been called up to the Argentina national squad for the upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco this month.

The 26-year-old returns to the Albiceleste fold after having been ruled out for eight months with a knee injury picked up in a pre-World Cup training camp with his nation.

Lanzini only returned to the Hammers squad in February for the home game against Fulham, making a 15-minute cameo off the bench.

Since then, Manuel Pellegrini has eased him into more and more action, with 45 minutes against Manchester City and the full 90 minutes last time out against Newcastle United.

There are three other Premier League players in manager Lionel Scaloni’s squad – Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth, Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, and Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra (Argentina Twitter post).

The West Ham website announced Lanzini’s inclusion in the squad of the two-time World Cup champions, with an article on their website and a Twitter post:

Given what happened the last time he was on international duty and his very recent return, however, some West Ham fans were understandably concerned and there didn’t seem to be much enthusiasm:

Argentina face Venezuela in Madrid at 1am GMT on 23 March before playing Morocco in Tangier on 26 March.

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