Josko Gvardiol out of Croatia squad for Nations League

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Josko Gvardiol has sustained an injury ahead of Croatia’s crucial Nations League games

Josko Gvardiol, a defender from Croatia, will not be able to participate in the upcoming Nations League finals in the Netherlands due to an injury. 

Despite undergoing intensive treatment for a stomach injury last week, Croatia’s medical team has concluded that he will not be able to recover in time for the four-nation tournament.

On Wednesday, Croatia will face the Netherlands in Rotterdam for the first semi-final, while Spain and Italy will compete in the second semi-final in Enschede on Thursday. 

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The victorious teams will play in the final on Sunday. Gvardiol’s non-attendance will be a setback for Croatia, as he was a remarkable player when they made it to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar in late 2022. 

The federation has announced that Dion Drena Beljo, who plays for Augsburg in the Bundesliga, will replace him in the 23-man squad.

Croatia’s squad list for Nations League

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), Ivica Ivusic (Pafos) and Nediljko Labrovic (Rijeka)

Defenders: Josip Juranovic (Union Berlin), Domagoj Vida (AEK), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo), Dion Drena Beljo (Augsburg), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Borna Barisic (Rangers) and Josip Stanisic (Bayern)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta) and Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo)

Strikers: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Livaja (Hajduk), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo), Petar Musa (Benfica) and Dion Drena Beljo (Augsburg)

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