AC Milan defender Ivan Strinić (31) will not be part of Zlatko Dalić’s Croatia squad when it is named tomorrow for upcoming matches against Spain and Portugal.
The left-back has been forced to take a break from football after doctors detected a heart problem.
Strinić, who only signed for Milan in July and had yet to make his debut for the Serie A side, must “suspend temporarily all competitive sporting activity” after he was found to have a heart muscle condition in a routine check.
AC Milan said further tests would need to be carried out to determine what would happen with Strinić but the Croatian international was confident this would not be the end of his career.
“Physicians are just taking precautions if they are not completely sure of something if there is even a one percent chance that there may be some problem they will do this. I’ll have to take some rest and that is it, so we’ll do some new examinations, “Strinić explained to Slobodna Dalmacija.
Strinić says he expects to rest for a month or two.
“It will be all right. The doctors will do what they have to do and we’ll continue on again. I do not doubt it,” Strinić said.
Before moving to AC Milan, Strinic played for five clubs, including Hajduk Split and Ukrainian side Dnipro. He has won 49 caps for Croatia.