Taremi may miss Team Melli’s first World Cup game due to injury
Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz would decide to rule out striker Mehdi Taremi for his squad's first game of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia.
According to a report published by Morocco World News website, 25-year-old Taremi, who plays as a forward for Qatar Stars League club al-Gharafa, suffered an injury during Iran's final warm-up match against Lithuania at the multi-purpose Spartak Stadium in the Russian capital city of Moscow on June 8. Iran won the game 1-0.
The report added that Queiroz is seriously considering the possibility of his replacement with Reza Ghoochannejhad, who plays for Dutch Sportclub Heerenveen.
Taremi has told the reporters that he is feeling okay despite the undisclosed injury.
During the official 2018 FIFA World Cup draw ceremony at Kremlin State Palace in the Russian capital city of Moscow on December 1 last year, Team Melli joined the Portugal national football team, nicknamed A SeleccAPound o, Spain's La Furia Roja and Atlas Lions of Morocco in the preliminary round of the tournament.
The host nation, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay form Group A in the upcoming quadrennial international sports event.
France is drawn in Group C, and is pitted against Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria are drawn in Group D.
Group E consists of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
While the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea shape Group F, Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England are in Group G.
Group H has Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15. Russia will open the event against Saudi Arabia in a Group A fixture at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.
Iran will start its World Cup campaign against Morocco at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 15.
Source: Press TV