1028 GMT May 28, 2022
Vahid Amiri will face a race against time to be part of Iran’s squad at November’s World Cup in Qatar after suffering a back injury.
Persepolis midfielder was stretchered off in the closing stages of a 1-1 draw against Zob Ahan in the Persian Gulf Pro League on Monday.
Amiri went under surgery on his spinal cord on Wednesday, which will rule him out of the remaining four games of the Iranian league.
Club spokesman Mostafa Lashgari quoting his surgeon as saying that Amiri will likely be sidelined for three to four months but remained optimistic that the midfielder will recover in time to wear the Iranian outfit in Qatar.
With the majority of Iran’s starting eleven comprising overseas players, Amiri, 34, has been a rare pick by manager Dragan Skocic among domestic league players.
Capable of playing as a winger, fullback, and holding midfielder, the left-footed player was an essential figure in helping the country ease into the showdown in Qatar by topping the group at the Asian qualifiers.
Iran has been pitted against England and USA in Group B of the World Cup, with the final slot of the group being decided between Wales, Scotland, and Ukraine in June.