It seems that the Croatian camp cannot avoid injuries ahead of the World Cup opener against Brazil on Thursday.
The medical staff had further bad news for head coach Niko Kovac on Tuesday, with Ivan Mocinic being ruled out of the upcoming World Cup.
Kovac immediately recalled Hamburg midfielder Milan Badelj, as reported by Sportal, who was on the standby list and has just recovered from a minor injury as well.
However, Mocinic, who plays for HNK Rijeka, was never in contention for the opening match against Brazil, and Kovac has other issues to resolve before the opening game of the tournament.
Kovac has kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the game against the host nation, but here, we will try to explain his key decisions before the Brazil match.