Croatia have suffered a massive blow ahead of the European Championship’s after forward Ivica Olic was ruled out with a thigh injury.
The Bayern Munich forward is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with the injury and his place in the squad has been taken by former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic
A statement on the Croatian Football Federation’s official website, www.hns-cff.hr, read:
“Unfortunately, Ivica Olic will not participate at the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, and as his replacement, coach Slaven Bilic has called Nikola Kalinic.”
Olic, who is to join Wolfsburg, suffered the injury in a friendly draw with Norway at the weekend.
Croatia will open their campaign against the Ireland in Poznan on Sunday evening.
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