Iran hit by double inury

Iran's World Cup campaign has been dealt a serious blow with two players looking set to miss the crucial opening clash with Mexico through injury and sickness.

    Sattar Zare twisted a knee during a training session

    On Thursday left back Sattar Zare was carried from the training field after twisting a knee while midfielder Ferydoon Zandi is still recovering from a fever.

     

    "I'm scared it's not so good for both players and I'm not so sure they will be passed to play," said coach Branko Ivankovic.

     

    With dynamic front-runner Ali Karimi and playmaker Mehdi Mahdavikia both returning from ankle and back trouble respectively, a double withdrawal raises doubts over Iran's ability to compete with the Group D seeds.

     

    Iran are desperate for points against Mexico before facing group favourites Portugal and then Angola as they bid to reach the second-round knock-out stage for the first time in three attempts.

     

    Sattar's injury came after Mexico's first-choice goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez flew home following his father's sudden death.

     

    "It's a 1-1 draw now," quipped Ivankovic.

    SOURCE: AFP


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