Vedran Corluka a doubt for Croatia-Ireland match
Bayer Leverkusen defender Vedran Ćorluka is a doubt for Croatia’s opening Euro 2012 game with the Republic of Ireland due to a thigh strain.
The former Tottenham Hotspur full-back was injured during training yesterday, and will see a specialist today in Warsaw. However, Croatia manager Slaven Bilic is optimistic about Corluka’s chances of recovery. “It should be okay, he just felt something in his muscle,” Bilic said. “Based on the prognosis it shouldn’t be anything serious.”
Right-back Šime Vrsaljko has been drafted in to the Croatian squad to replace injured midfielder Ivo Iličević. The Dinamo Zagreb defender can also play at left-back, and Corluka’s injury may have influenced Bilic’s decision not to replace Ilicevic with another midfielder.
“I am sorry about Ilicevic,” said Bilic. “We have lost another important player who is different to most of our team.”
According to Croatian FA spokesman Davora Gavran, results of Corluka’s scan are expected in the next 13-14 hours.