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Iceland News: Gudmundsson to be assessed

8 months ago

In the latest Iceland news, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson has torn his calf muscle but may still be fit to feature for his country at the World Cup in Russia.

The Burnley man was forced off injured in his country’s opening Group D draw against Argentina and there were fears he could miss the rest of the tournament.

However, Iceland officials have confirmed he has suffered a torn muscle but the severity of the injury has not been revealed and he will be monitored ahead of their next game against Nigeria on Friday.

Iceland were dogged against Argentina and are on offer at 33/20 to beat Nigeria in their second group game, while the African country are available at 37/20 and the draw is 41/20 with 888sport.

Gudmundsson, who won his 68th cap against Argentina, will be given time to recover and prove his fitness ahead of the clash in Volgograd.

“Johann Berg Gudmundsson has torn a muscle. It remains a question whether he will be fit but we’ll see on match day,” Iceland assistant coach Helgi Koldvidsson said in a press conference.

Following the Nigeria match, Iceland’s final group game is against Croatia next Tuesday as the European minnows, who are 10/1 to win Group D with 888sport, look to repeat their exploits from Euro 2016 and make it into the knockout stages of the tournament in their first ever appearance in a World Cup.

Gudmundsson has established himself as a key man for Burnley and made 35 Premier League appearances last season, scoring twice, while he also laid on eight goals.