Tehran Times – TASHKENT, Iran iconic forward Sardar Azmoun will be absent in the match against Mali.
Dragan Skocicâ€™s team will meet Mali on Tuesday in Antalya, Turkey but the forward has returned to Russia to play for his club Zenit.
The 25-yard striker scored his 33rd goal against Uzbekistan just before half-time in Tashkent on Thursday, where Iran defeated their hosts 2-1 in a friendly match.
These matches are part of preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, where Iran sits third in Group C behind Iraq and Bahrain.
Some media outlet reports suggested that the match would be canceled since two Malian players, namely Kiki KouyatÃ© and Molla WaguÃ© have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.