Biglia suffers back injury less than two months before World Cup

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Italy vs Argentina - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - March 23, 2018 Argentina’s Lucas Biglia REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia has suffered a back injury, his club AC Milan said on Sunday, which appears to have put his participation at the World Cup in serious doubt.

Milan said in a statement that Biglia had suffered “a severe lumbar trauma” following an injury during Saturday’s 1-0 Serie A defeat against Benevento.

“The player has undergone medical examinations that highlighted a fracture of the transverse processes of the first two lumbar vertebrae,” said the club in a statement.

“A detailed prognosis will be issued in the coming days upon completion of all medical tests.”

According to specialist websites, a fracture of the transverse process is a relatively rare injury that takes four to six weeks to heal but usually requires a further month’s recovery time afterwards.

Argentina’s first World Cup match is against Iceland on June 16.

Biglia started the quarter-final, semi-final and final of Argentina’s campaign in the 2014 World Cup where they finished as runners-up to Germany.

The 32-year-old has been a regular since then and played in most of their 18-match qualifying campaign.

Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Clare Fallon