Rangers star Borna Barisic has suffered a fresh injury disappointment with his involvement at Euro 2020 hanging in the balance.
The Ibrox left-back is normally Croatia’s number one choice in the position but his tournament has been hampered by a niggling back injury.
The Croatian FA had originally claimed that following an MRI scan this showed the issue to be minor with Barisic almost ready to re-join his teammates in full training.
✅ Today, Borna Barišić and Dejan Lovren underwent MRI scans: Barišić should soon join full practice with his teammates, while Lovren was cleared to return to full practice.#EURO2020 #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/tMYqI7bC0l
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 14, 2021
But ahead of the Balkans nation’s crunch second group game against the Czech Republic, their governing body has confirmed the player won’t travel to Hampden for the game on Friday.
Taking to Twitter, the Croatian FA revealed that Barisic will remain in the team’s basecamp in Rovinj ahead of the match.
ℹ️ Due to back injury, #Cro international Borna Barišić is to remain in team basecamp in Rovinj and miss the upcoming #EURO2020 encounter with Czech Republic in Glasgow. #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/yMciJSkpq3
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 16, 2021
This will come as a major blow to Borna who will be hoping to be fit for the Croatians’ final group match against Scotland at Hampden on Tuesday evening.
Croatia are in a perilous position heading into the final two group games having lost their opener to England 1-0 at Wembley.
The result means they effectively have to take at least three points from either of their next two games with a robust Czech side eager to cause an upset on Friday.
Should Croatia fail to take points from that game – and Scotland fail to do so against England – then the final group match will have both sides desperate to land a victory.
But if the Croats fail to earn enough points to even finish via the top four third-place finishes, then Barisic might not even make an appearance at the tournament should he miss the Scotland clash.
The full-back is reportedly a high-profile target for a number of Premier League clubs including Wolves, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Leeds United.
Given continuing interest in the very impressive Glen Kamara – and whilst everyone wants Borna to play on a personal level – might that not be such a bad thing for Rangers?