Iceland captain and Cardiff midfielder, Aron Gunnarsson is battling to be fit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Iceland will take on Argentina in Moscow in their first-ever World Cup clash on June 16 before facing the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd and Croatia on June 26 in their other Group D games.
Gunnarsson underwent a knee surgery last week after sustaining an injury in Cardiff’s 1-0 win over Hull City, but he remains hopeful of leading his side
“I’m told if everything goes well I have a good chance of recovering before our first game in Moscow,” Gunnarsson said in an interview with grapevine.is.
“Time will make this clear, but I am choosing to be positive and optimistic.”
Gunnarsson whose season has been blighted by injury, has made 19 apprearances for Cardiff scoring one goal.