Croatia have allegedly expelled striker Nikola Kalinic from their World Cup camp for refusing to play in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria.
Coach Zlatko Dalic ordered the AC Milan man to get ready to come on late in the game but he reportedly declined to get some minutes of the game.
According to Croatian media outlet 24sata that has led to Dalic axing the 30-year-old and sending him home Monday morning.
The coach gave a hint of the incident after the game when he told reporters his team had finished without injuries but “with a problem”.
The Croatian FA has not confirmed the forward’s expulsion but a clear update on the situation is expected to be given this afternoon by Zlatko Dalic who is scheduled to speak to the media later this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the experienced Nikola Kalinic is a subject of transfer talks between AC Milan and Spanish side Sevilla.
Croatia face Argentina in their second game at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday.