Croatia is positioned at the top of Group H in the group stages of the 2016 Euro’s as they remain undefeated after having claimed triumphs over Malta, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and forced a draw when facing off with Italy.
It’s no doubt whatsoever that it has been a fairly impressive campaign for the Croatian team but not everything has been perfect for the team which is being led by NikoKovac as they have encountered a number of setbacks along the way.
One of the main problems that the Croatian side has faced was concerning the recent injury that Luca Modric sustained as the midfielder picked up a thigh injury during the 2016 Euro’s qualifiers when playing against Italy on November 16 of 2014.
This thigh injury has forced the Real Madrid midfielder on being unable to play for 3 months and according to the manager of the Croatian national football team, NikoKovac said that this injury was caused by the big amount of matches that Modric has been recently.
“His injury was caused by too many matches and I was criticized a lot for deciding to rest key players in the Argentina friendly.’’ NikoKovac said.
Another setback that the Croatian side faced was in relation to the partial stadium closure that was issued to the national team by UEFA after Croatia had faced off with Italy in the 2016 Euro qualifiers.
Croatia’s upcoming 2016 Euro’s qualifiers match is scheduled to be played against Norway in March 28 at the Maksimir Stadium in Croatia but an area of this stadium will be closed during this match as this was part of the punishment that the Croatian side received by UEFA due to the behavior of their fans and the Croatian Football Federation was also fined with a sanction of €80,000.