14 February 2019 – Croatian international Šime Vrsaljko (27) has undergone knee surgery yesterday in Belgium.
Croatia will be without the services of the right-back for a ‘long period of time’ after undergoing surgery on his left knee which has been causing him problems since the World Cup in Russia.
“Doctor Villalón, as a club representative, attended the surgery that was carried out on the right-back, and the player will begin recovery under the supervision of our medical service,” said Atlético Madrid in a statement.
“From Atlético Madrid we would like to send our support to the Croatian player in his recovery and to urge him to return to the field as soon as possible,” the statement adds.
Atlético Madrid last summer loaned Vrsaljko to Italian giants Inter Milan but due to his injury it looks as if the defender will return to Spain in the summer.
The Croatian international last played on 13 January for Inter. This season he has played 13 matches for the club. Vrsaljko has been in and out of Dalić’s team since the World Cup. His last international against England in November was cut short early when his knee injury flared up.
Dalić is now on the lookout for a replacement at right-back when EURO 2020 qualifiers start next month.
“The operation went super. Thanks for all the great support,” Vrsaljko said after the surgery.