Cresswell lay-off confirmed

  • Aaron Cresswell faces up to four months out with a knee ligament injury
  • Left-back was hurt in a challenge in Saturday's pre-season win over Karlsruher SC
  • Manuel Lanzini being assessed after being hurt on Olympic duty with Argentina
West Ham United can confirm that Aaron Cresswell will be out of action for three to four months after suffering a knee ligament injury.

The left-back was hurt in a challenge during Saturday’s pre-season victory over German side Karlsruher SC in Austria.

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke explained that Cresswell had undergone a scan and will consult a specialist in central London early next week. The medical team will then take a decision whether or not the defender requires surgery.

“Whatever course of action we decide to take, Aaron faces a period of rest, followed by treatment and rehabilitation and he will be out for a period of between three and four months,” said Vandenbroucke.

The Head of Medical and Sports Science also gave an update on Manuel Lanzini, who suffered a knee injury in Argentina’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games warm-up fixture with Colombia at the weekend.

“We are in close contact with Manuel and the AFA (Argentine Football Association), who have started a late-release replacement procedure with the IOC (International Olympic Committee),” said Vandenbroucke.

“Until he has been assessed by the IOC, he cannot be replaced, but after this process has been completed we want him to return to England to be assessed by our own medical staff as soon as possible.”