Croatia: Modric injury not as bad as feared

Croatia playmaker Luka Modric is not injured as badly as initially feared but is unlikely to play in their final Euro 2016 group match on Tuesday against Spain.

The nation's football federation HNS said that examinations in a hospital in Caen revealed that Modric has not torn a muscle in the groin area during Friday's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic and substituted in the second half.

"His departure was our biggest problem. He is our most important player," coach Ante Cacic said after the game marred by Croatian fan trouble.

Croatia are now expected to rest Modric for the upcoming task on Tuesday against the holders Spain although Croatia on four points are not fully assured of reaching the knock-out stages.

Last update: Sat, 18/06/2016 - 20:25
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