Rangers’ duo Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic have sustained injuries ahead of the international break.
While the centre-half is suffering from an unspecified problem, Barisic has doubled his injury setback with a muscle strain after he was already sidelined due to a hamstring issue. Katic has withdrawn himself from Croatia U-21 duty.
On the other hand, Barisic, who has been fighting for a regular spot in the senior squad, saw himself being extracted out of the setup by Zlatko Dalic ahead of a crucial fixture against the three Lions.
The left-back was taken off during Gers’ defeat to Livingston earlier due to a hamstring pull. Thus, a couple of injuries only mean that he may be out for a few weeks.
Speaking about his injury worries, the Croatia boss said –
“Situation is not good, Marcelo Brozovic did not play on Sunday for Inter, Borna Barišić has a rupture of muscle, Ivan Santini still has a great crank on his leg since the game with Dinamo, Lovre Kalinić has big problems with his knee. Šime Vrsaljko last night he played for Inter after a month’s pause and again felt the knee pain.”
“This is the current situation, and for a few hours I will know who we will count on and whether I will call new players” he added.
Katic though was included in Steven Gerrard’s matchday squad when his side defeated Hearts recently. The centre-back has been pushed down the pecking order in recent weeks following Joe Worrall’s solid performances at the heart of the defence. He last appeared in Gers’ Betfred Cup quarter-final victory over Ayr United.
Although these injuries don’t seem to be for a longer term, Gerrard needs his key players in the quest for the Scottish Premiership.
The Teddy Bears have important matches coming up against Hamilton and Spartak Moskva post international break. Meanwhile, Croatia faces off against Jordan on 16 October.