Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic dropped from Croatia squad with 'serious injury'

Tanya Simon
November 17, 2018

Spain have experienced a slump since thumping Croatia 6-0 in September and beating England in their Nations League opener.

It is a repeat of July's World Cup semi-final, which saw Croatia win 2-1 in extra time to wreck England's hopes of lifting the trophy. A goalless draw would secure a second-placed finish, while a score draw or a defeat would see them relegated to League B.

"We totally respect the England team", he said.

How does the UEFA Nations League work? We have a chance to get through what has been a really strong group, so for me we just focus on going for the win'.

Croatia had taken one point from their previous two Nations League games after appearing to suffer a hangover from reaching the this year's World Cup final.

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At first the midfielder was considered a doubt for the match against England but it's been decided by the player, Croatia and FC Barcelona that it'd be best for him to return to Barcelona so he can undergo tests.

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Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic feels that may been as a result of their exertions in the World Cup in Russian Federation, where they reached the final before losing 4-2 to France in Moscow.

After playing in 70 matches during the 2017/18 season including those on worldwide duty and in the FIFA World Cup 2018, Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic was expected to have some rest, but it has looked like the 30-year-old and the word "rest" have become anonymous. "That's why there was a little bit of a comedown", said Perisic.

UEFA's inaugural Nations League group stages are drawing to a close and Croatia's thrilling injury-time 3-2 win against Spain has kept them in the hunt.

Both in attack and defense, the team was playing well again. "If not Spain go through", he added.

Luis Enrique is not able to count on the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique, who retired from the national team after the World Cup.

"I worry about the possible things that we have to adjust", he continued.

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