Manuel Lanzini was stretchered off in West Ham United’s game against Burnley on Saturday.
The Argentine midfielder fractured his collar bone against Burnley which has forced him to undergo surgery today. Lanzini came on for Felipe Anderson in the second half but lasted just 34 minutes before falling awkwardly which resulted in the injury.
West Ham were convincingly beaten by the Clarets thanks to goals from Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and an own goal by goalkeeper Roberto who has been poor lately.
Manuel Pellegrini is under enormous pressure after an underwhelming start to the campaign and the Chilean will have to turn things around without the help of Lanzini over the next six weeks at least.
The 26-year-old is expected to miss a minimum of seven league games and West Ham have lost him in a terrible period. The Irons’ next seven games in the Premier League are against Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolves, Arsenal, Southampton, Crystal Palace and high-flying Leicester City.
Pellegrini has a huge task in hand before the turn of the year and lack of positive results in that period could see West Ham drop into the danger zone and Pellegrini lose his job. Lanzini’s creativity and goals will be a huge miss but the likes of Fornals and Wilshere are more than capable of filling the void temporarily.