West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini speaks via his social media after being in a serious car crash whilst on his way to training this week.
He has miraculously walked away unhurt but was looked over by medics after being involved in a car crash on the A12 near Romford.
The 29-year-old midfielder was being driven by a chauffeur in a £70,000 Mercedes people carrier when it lost control and went on its side on Thursday afternoon after 2:30pm.
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The V-Class Mercedes with a West Ham number plate left onlookers fearing for the worst, but a club spokesperson confirmed to Sportsmail that the player emerged from the crash unhurt as firefighters and police rushed to the scene, confirming Lanzini didn’t sustain any injuries.
Lanzini was checked over at the scene of the accident and again at his original destination, West Ham’s Rush Green complex in east London, where he was due for training.
The player was being driven back to the training ground after returning to the country having been called up to the Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Ecuador.
Lanzini – who was unused by his country in their most recent international fixtures, wasn’t rushed to hospital contrary to reports, but did have a mild limp.
He is therefore expected to be available to David Moyes ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Everton.
Speaking about the accident involving Lanzini – whose partner Jennifer Reina gave birth to their child in January – a source told The Sun: “It’s a miracle he’s alive, from what I’ve heard.
“This was an incredibly near miss and could have killed Lanzini and the driver.
“It’s common for West Ham players to use a chauffeur service – especially for those who live in town.
“They were on a dual carriageway so it could have caused complete carnage.
“Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how much cash you have – we’re all just as vulnerable to a smash like this.
“Thank goodness he was okay.”
Lanzini took to social media, saying via his Instagram: “Hello people, I wanted to thank everyone for the messages of support and affection on this day, they did me a lot of good since it was a very big scare, but thank God, as far as the accident was, everything went well.
“Thank you very much ❤️ // I want to thank you for all the messages you sent me of love and support. ❤️”
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The chauffeur is said to have been cut free from the vehicle, but was thankfully unhurt, with police and fire services called to the scene.
A spokesman for West Ham confirmed the crash saying: “It happened on the A12 near the training ground.”
A Met spokesman said: “Police were called at 12:49hrs on Thursday, 31 March to reports of a collision on the A12 in Romford.
“Officers attended and it was reported that a car had left the westbound carriageway before colliding with a tree. No injuries were reported.”
Twitter and Instagram users reacted as West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini speaks after being in the serious car crash on way to training…
@apathetic_geek: Great news that he’s physically fine. Hope he’s ok with the shock of it
@97_affan: Hope Lanzini and everyone involved are fine from the crash. Apparently it was a lot worse than people are saying.
@Y06_187: Thank god Lanzini is ok 🙏🏻
@Jack_Ryan_123: Jesus, Lanzini lucky to be alive after his crash. Wish him and everyone involved all the best! Just shows how quick life can change in a split second ❤️❤️
@hatchtom70: Really hope Lanzini is OK after being involved in a car crash ⚒️
@CentralHammers: Lanzini on international duty is cursed
@W_Bellew: Glad to hear Lanzini is ok. But events like that where you’re car is flipped.. they mess people up in the head for a bit. I know I’d be pretty shaken for a while.. He might need a few days away.
@whueamon: Lanzini’s okay!!! 💎💎💎⚒❤ thank the lord, was about to have a heart attack
@samwhu1: Manuel lanzini, get those learner plates back on immediately ❤️
rjneilson3: Glad you’re okay Manu, big game Sunday hope to see you play ⚒⚒⚒
c.daviss100: Glad to see your alright manu⚒️⚒️⚒️
mr_london_66: Glad you are safe ❤️⚒️ 🙏
kyle_akaloo: The crash was at the top of my road 😮 Hope you and the driver are all good 👍 ⚒️