Gurban Gurbanov is back in Azerbaijan's squad for their final UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Group 9 leaders Italy, but coach Asker Abdullaev is missing Tarlan Akhmedov and Ruslan Musayev.
Both players are suspended meaning Abdullaev has called on Aslan Kerimov and Nadir Nabiev. For the 23-year-old Nabiev, it is a first call-up in eleven months. Gurbanov, meanwhile, returns after missing the 2-1 defeat by Finland because of a back injury.
Gurbanov is his country's leading scorer in the competition with three goals and his coach, Abdullaev, said: "I'm glad that Gurbanov is back - we missed him as he is a forward who can cause problems for any team in the world."
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