Nikola Kalinic has been reportedly been sent home from Croatia’s World Cup squad following the refusal of the Milan striker to come on against Nigeria.
Croatia defeated Nigeria in a 2018 World Cup Group D match and won by 2-0 on Saturday night, thanks to an own goal conceded by Etobo and a Luka Modric penalty.
According to 24sata, the Coach had told Kalinic to come on for Mario Mandzukic with five minutes remaining, but the striker refused, claiming he had a back problem.
Juventus winger Marko Pjaca came on in his place, and the website is reporting that Kalinic will be sent home today.
A Press conference has been slated for 16.15, where it is expected to be officially confirmed.
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