The injured Danijel Pranjić and suspended Mario Mandžukić both will be available, whilst star midfielder Luka Modrić is also expected to play after injuring his foot against Brazil in the opening match.
“The situation with Modrić is getting better and better, and I think he will be fit for the match with Cameroon. We know what type of player Mandžukić is, he aggression will be key, he can lift the whole side,” said Kovač, before adding that the side for the first time this weekend resumed intensive training after Thursday’s loss to Brazil.
“Even people from other countries said that were excellent against Brazil, but against Cameroon it will be a completely different match. It is difficult to attack Brazil, we had to wait for our chances on the counter-attack, but against Cameroon we will have more possession and look to dominate. Who has the ball will be able to dictate the tempo, and who is chasing the ball will run out of steam first. The first goal will be an advantage, it will be great to go into halftime leading,” said Kovač, who says Cameroon can be difficult opponents, defending at times with six at the back.