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Injury blow for Manchester City? Mateo Kovacic could be sidelined by back issue after missing Croatia games

  • Kovacic missed Croatia matches
  • Struggling with back injury
  • Will have MRI scan on muscle

WHAT HAPPENED? Kovacic was unable to play in Croatia's Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Latvia and Armenia because he is struggling with a muscle problem, Jutarnji list reports. The 29-year-old will have to undergo an MRI scan and may need to take a break for 10 days or longer.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Kovacic joined City from Chelsea in the summer transfer window in a deal worth £25 million ($32m) and has made six appearances so far in all competitions.


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WHAT NEXT FOR KOVACIC? The Croatia star will likely have to sit out as City take on West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.