Barcelona midfielder Rakitic ruled out of Croatia's key World Cup qualifier

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The 29-year-old has been struggling with injury to both his thighs and will miss Tuesday's crunch clash with Turkey as a result

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has suffered an injury that has ruled him out of Croatia's World Cup qualifier in Turkey on Tuesday.

Rakitic appeared in the 1-0 home win over Kosovo that was played over two days due to a waterlogged pitch, but was substituted in the second half.

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Head coach Ante Cacic revealed after the match the 29-year-old had thigh pain in both legs.

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Rakitic will consequently miss the key tie in Eskisehir due to an injury described as "slight", with Cacic keen not to risk worsening the problem.

Croatia are top of a closely contested Group I, two points clear of Ukraine and a further one ahead of Iceland. Turkey are five adrift in fourth.

Barcelona are back in action with a Liga derby against Espanyol on Saturday.

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