New Delhi, March 21: Experienced striker Sunil Chhetri has been ruled out of the Indian football squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Iran due to an injury.
Chhetri, who represents Bengaluru FC at the domestic level, is recovering from a groin injury which he had picked up during an I-League match earlier this season.
A total of six players among the 28 probables in the tiol camp did not travel with the Indian squad to Tehran for the 2018 World Cup prelimiry joint qualification second round match slated to be played on March 24. Iran had won the first leg 3-0 in Bengaluru on September 8.
“The injury is such that it requires him to take necessary care and that requires him to stay back in India and get treated,” India coach Stephen Constantine explained.
Chhetri was disappointed to miss the tie and could not recall the last time he had missed an intertiol match due to injury. IANS