Another Blow for Čačić: Subašić to Miss Match Against Iceland

Daniela Rogulj

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More bad news for the Croatian national football team ahead of their European Qualifier against Iceland this Sunday. 

Having just lost Ivan Rakitić for Sunday’s match against Iceland, Croatian national football team coach Ante Čačić was served another blow: first goalkeeper Danijel Subašić would also miss the match against Iceland this Sunday, reports on June 8, 2017.

Shortly after winning the award for best Croatian goalkeeper at the HUNS Awards last night in Zagreb, Danijel Subašić shared some rather surprising news with journalists: he would miss the upcoming European Qualifier for World Cup.

“Behind me is a really successful season. I received more awards than ever before, but I’m sorry about this tendon injury. It has acted up again and unfortunately I will not be able to help the national team in Iceland,” revealed Subašić, who was also awarded best goalkeeper of the French championship, only the second foreigner to win this award.

“With Monaco, I won the championship, we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, I got the award for the best goalkeeper of the French championship, and now the award for best Croatian goalkeeper,” Subašić added. 

“French goalies generally receive the award – I have been nominated three times and the third time I was lucky,” the 32-year-old from Zadar continued.

Halfway through qualifying for the World Cup in Russia next year, Croatia leads Group I with13 points, which is just 3 points ahead of Iceland. While the loss of Subašić is not great, Croatia will feel more than confident with former Hajduk goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić defending the net. 


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