Ivica Olic replaced in Croatia's Euro 2012 squad after suffering injury



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Experienced forward Olic (pictured above) has had a fruitful career in different countries while has been a prominent figure for the national side


A thigh injury has ended the hopes of Croatia striker Ivica Olic making the 23-man party for Euro 2012.

The 32-year old Bayern Munich forward, who has scored fifteen times for his country to date, is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering the problem during Saturday's 2-2 international friendly draw against Norway in Zagreb and was immediately withdrawn having only been introduced ten minutes earlier as a substitute.

Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic, who was sold by the Ewood Park club to Ukranian side Dnipro last summer for £6 million, will replace Olic in Slaven Bilic's squad for the European Championship finals in Poland & Ukraine which begin for Croatia this Sunday, 10th June, in Group C against Republic of Ireland in Poznan before facing Italy also in Poznan on 14th June. Their business in the group stages concludes against the reigning World champions and holders of the Euros trophy Spain in Gdansk four days later.  

The 6ft forward, who has agreed to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg this summer after his contract was terminated by the Champions League finalists, has made 77 caps for Croatia so far and has netted some important goals in his club career for Hertha Berlin, Dinamo Zagreb, CSKA Moscow, Hamburg and Bayern Munich- including goals in both legs of a Champions League quarter-final for Bayern against Manchester United three years ago. He will still make the journey to Poland & Ukraine with the squad flying to their base on Tuesday.


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