Iran defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi has been ruled out of the World Cup after he sustained a muscle injury during a training session, the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) announced on Monday.
The 24-year-old, who started on Iran’s opening 1-0 victory over Morocco last week, is expected to be on the sidelines for four weeks.
The defender will stay with the squad in Russia, but due to his injury, Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz will have to call for a replacement.
Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh or Karim Ansarifard are the main candidates to occupy Cheshmi’s position in the team.
Iran is set to face 2010 world champions Spain on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena.