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Modric to miss crunch qualifier with Malta

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 Oct 2015

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Luka Modric will miss Croatia’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta due to the groin injury picked up against Bulgaria.

The Real Madrid midfielder was withdrawn at half-time of Saturday’s 3-0 victory in Zagreb which kept Croatia’s hopes of an automatic qualifying spot alive.

Head coach Ante Cacic said afterwards that Modric was taken off simply as a precaution, but the Croatian Football Association has now confirmed he will sit out Tuesday’s encounter.

“He has a strained adductor muscle, so we will not take him to the Malta game as it is only three days from now,” team doctor Boris Nemec said in a statement on Sunday.

Croatia head into the final round of qualifiers needing a win to keep their chances of a top-two finish alive, while they must hope that second-placed Norway fail to win against Italy.

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