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Slaven Bilic's injury fears have been eased going into the tournament in Poland and Ukraine with the news that his best defender has been passed fit by the national doctors

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic can breathe a huge sigh of relief with the news that Vedran Corluka has been passed fit to play at the Euro 2012 Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

The Tottenham player had complained of a hamstring injury in a training session on Thursday but doctors have cleared him ahead of the Group C opener against the Republic of Ireland.

Bilic has built his team around a largely potent attacking force and, while many believe that his defence is somewhat shaky, Corluka offers a consistency that eludes the other stoppers.

"They've done a scan this morning, and the scan showed, thank God, nothing, no rupture, so we are expecting him to play on Sunday," Bilic said.

"It is a relief because Corluka is one of our generals, like a senator, and he's the leader of the defence and he's one of the most important players for us."

The 43-year-old manager also insisted that the match against Ireland would not be make-or-break, highlighting the possibility that his team could indeed beat one of the 'big guns'.

"Nothing will be decided after the first game. We can come closer to pass the group stage or make our chances lesser, but still everything is going to be open after the game," Bilic said.

"We've proved in history, and they've proved in history as well, we can beat those big guns as well."