Bayer 04 Leverkusen confirmed that Iranian attacker Sardar Azmoun would be out 6-8 weeks with a muscle tear on Thursday evening.
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Azmoun's domestic league campaign wasn't off to the greatest start. The "Iranian Messi" made eight appearances (two starts) and was unable to get his name on the scoresheet. He did bag two assists in the team's ill-fated opening round DFB Pokal exit. He wasn't a factor at all in the Champions' League.
The new injury most definitely endangers the Iranian's World Cup prospects, though it remains unclear as to whether the Iranian regime will permit Azmoun to represent the country at all. After the country's footballing superstar expressed support for the current women's protest movement in the Islamic Republic, he has represented Iran without consequence in one international match.
Consequences may still be forthcoming.
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