Barcelona are currently awaiting an update on Croatian and Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic’s status. The midfielder was taken off 67 minutes into Thursday’s match between Spain and Croatia in Zagrab.
The concerning part is that Rakitic came off complaining of pain in his hamstring. Barcelona officials are worried that Rakitic will try to play in Sunday’s Croatia match against England. Rakitic is a devoted countryman and the attempt could further aggravate the hamstring injury.
That tough balance between a club’s relationship with a player and the player’s country is on display here. Rakitic faces a tough decision and seemingly Barcelona are at the mercy of the Croatian medical staff. What happens will be interesting and could be tough for Barcelona fans to swallow.