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Nikola Kalinic becomes the 6th player to be sent home from the World Cup after he refused to come on as a substitute during Croatia 2-0 defeat of Nigeria.
Croatia will have to finish the tournament with 22 players as the 30-year-old cannot be replaced.
Kalinic, who played for Blackburn Rovers scored 15 goals in 41 appearances between 2009 and 2011 for Croatia.
During Croatia’s opening match against Nigeria which they emerged victorious, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half said Croatia coach-Zlatko Dalic.
“However he stated that he was not ready to come on due to back issue”.
“The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday”.
“I need my players fur and ready to play, I have made this decision”. Dalic was quoted in a press conference.
The forward spent last season on loan at Milan from Fiorentina netting six goals in 41 appearances before making the move permanent this summer.
Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 to mark a winning start to their world cup campaign courtesy of Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and Luka Modric’s penalty.
Next up, They face Argentina on Thursday and finish their Group D campaign against Iceland on Tuesday.