Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup in Russia after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening win in the group stages against Nigeria according to coach Zlatko Dalic.
Dalic said in a statement ”During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half”. He went on to say that Kalinic refused to come on due to suffering from a back injury, however Dalic pointed out that the same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the training session on Sunday. It is not helping Croatia’s chances of qualifying and you can visit site to see the lastest beting and predictions for the World Cup.
Dalic said he accepted the players decision but that without having fit players and ready to play he had no option “I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have made this decision.
The Croatian Football Federation have also said that Dalic made the decision on the back of advice and consultation with the rest of the management tea. However, after he issued his statement he refused to answer questions regarding the departure of Kalinic. It is a blow to Croatia as they are basically one man down now from their 23 man squad as they can’t draft in another player owing to the rule book.
Croatia face a difficult game on Thursday against Argentina, before rounding off their group stages with a game against Iceland the following week.