Argentina's Lavezzi out of Copa America final

Houston: Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi will miss the final of the Copa America football tournament on Sunday after he suffered an elbow fracture in the semi-final against the US.

Lavezzi, who on Tuesday scored the game's opener inside four minutes, was forced off in the second half of their 4-0 win against the US after landing awkwardly when he tumbled over an advertising board here.

Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Pic/ AFP
Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Pic/ AFP

The Argentine leapt up for a header but was too close to the hoardings, appearing to land badly on his neck.

After being taken away on a stretcher, medics confirmed the 31-year-old suffered a radial fracture in his left elbow, reports

The injury will need surgery, ruling Lavezzi out of the Copa America final on Sunday.

Argentina will be hoping to end their 23-year wait for a major trophy in the decider, where they will meet either defending champions Chile or Colombia.

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