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Injury forces Ivan Rakitic out of Croatia’s matches with Wales and Tunisia

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The midfielder’s holidays have begun early

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been ruled out of Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Wales and friendly against Tunisia due to injury.

The 31-year-old linked up with the national team after Barca’s Copa del Rey defeat to Valencia but it now looks like his season is over after picking up a leg injury.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic offered a bit more detail on Rakitic’s absence.

“We have jointly made the decision that Rakitic will not play,” he said.

”He has had problems with his leg, it reoccurred in the Copa del Rey final and he won’t be ready for Wales and won’t play against Tunisia either.

”I believe in all the players in my squad, they can replace him with quality.”

Source | Yahoo

It’s been a long season for Rakitic. He made it all the way to the World Cup finals last summer with Croatia before going on to make 54 appearances in all competitions for Barca.

It could also be an interesting summer for the midfielder. He has continually said he is happy at Barca and wants to stay but rumors suggest Barca are open to a sale.