West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini hopes to return to action early next year after suffering knee ligament damage on international duty with Argentina.
The 25-year-old was ruled out of the World Cup by the injury and it was reported he could miss the whole of next season.
However, he said surgery on the problem has been successful and is optimistic about returning to the Premier League in early 2019.
“Some English media have said that my injury will make me miss next season, that there were problems with the surgery… none of this is true,” he posted on Twitter.
“The surgery went really well. Although I don’t want to set a date, I expect to be ready to play at the beginning of 2019. Thank you.”
Lanzini ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session with his country in Barcelona.
It occurred just six days before the start of the World Cup, which would have been Lanzini’s first major international tournament.
Earlier this month, West Ham’s head of medical Richard Collinge said the player had remained in Spain for an operation and the early stages of his rehabilitation.
Lanzini has scored 19 goals in 88 league appearances for the Hammers since arriving, initially on loan, from UAE club Al Jazira in 2015.
He only made his senior international debut last year and was capped four times before being included in Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli’s initial squad for Russia.
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