Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has withdrawn from Croatia’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan after picking up an injury at the weekend.
The 25-year-old, who was the only signing Chelsea were allowed to make this summer due to their transfer ban, has quickly established himself under new boss Frank Lampard.
He has started all but one of Chelsea’s five matches in all competitions this season, though was subbed off after 84 minutes of the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Although it is hoped Kovacic has not suffered anything serious, the injury is significant enough that he will be unable to play any part in Croatia’s upcoming matches during the international break.
According to the Daily Mail, Kovacic inflamed an Achilles tendon in his right leg during the match against Sheffield United, with Croatia calling up Mijo Caktas instead.