Eduardo misses out for Croatia

18 May 2009 12:59
Croatia head coach Slaven Bilic has not included injured Arsenal striker Eduardo in his 24-man squad for the World Cup Group Six qualifier against Ukraine in Zagreb on 6th June. Bilic, though, still may call on the Brazilian-born forward if he recovers from a thigh injury in time to join the squad's preparations for the match in Zagreb. Eduardo has suffered a number of setbacks since making his comeback from a broken fibula and dislocated ankle injury he sustained last year. Croatia, second in the group with 10 points, are hoping to hold on to the runners-up spot to secure a play-off berth. Third-placed Ukraine are three points behind them with a game in hand, while England lead the group with 15 points. Squad: Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Spartak Moscow), Vedran Runje (Lens), Danijel Subasic (Hajduk Split). Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Kovac (Dinamo Zagreb), Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin), Hrvoje Vejic (Hajduk Split), Dino Drpic (Karlsruhe), Danijel Pranjic (Heerenveen), Hrvoje Cale (Trabzonspor). Midfielders: Ivan Juric (Genoa), Nikola Pokrivac (Monaco), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Jerko Leko (Monaco), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ivan Rakitic (Schalke), Drago Gabric (Hajduk Split). Forwards: Ivica Olic (Hamburg), Ivan Klasnic (Nantes), Mladen Petric (Hamburg), Mario Mandzukic (Dinamo Zagreb), Nikola Kalinic (Hajduk Split).

Source: SKY_Sports