Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was substituted at half-time in Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria on Saturday as an injury precaution.
The 30-year-old was replaced by Milan Badelj en route to a 3-0 victory, and his Coach Ante Cacic admitted he could not afford to take any chances on “pain in his groin” ahead of Monday’s trip to Malta, with the runners-up in Group H up for grabs.
“Luka felt pain in his groin and we didn’t want to take any chances. That’s the reason why I substituted him,” he told the country’s media after the game, Marca reports.
Madrid recently added Karim Benzema to their treatment table, alongside Danilo, Pepe, James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.