Noel Whelan is worried about Borna Barisic after the Glasgow Rangers defender suffered an injury setback while representing Croatia at Euro 2020.
The Lowdown: Barisic struggling at Euro 2020
Barisic was selected by Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic as part of his squad for Euro 2020 and had been expected to start at left-back.
The Latest: Whelan worried
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has shared his worries for Barisic and the Gers following the news of the injury. He said:
“Any manager or teammate you play with, you want to see them play.
“You want them to do well and you don’t want to see them picking up injuries.
“It will be very worrying. It’s been a long season for Rangers so that worry is always there for a manager.
“Hopefully it’s just a strain and something he can shrug off. Gerrard will be keeping his fingers crossed.
“He’ll want his player to make an appearance in the tournament and to be free of injury before next season.”
The Verdict: Be careful
It is crying shame that £12m-rated Barisic (The Athletic) is struggling so much this summer. Having the chance to represent your country at the European Championship is a huge honour, and with the 28-year-old yet to feature in an international tournament, he will no doubt have been eagerly awaiting Euro 2020.
Will Barisic recover before the end of the tournament?
However, it looks as though his competition could be over for him before it has even begun. Even if Croatia manage to reach the next round, Barisic will be lacking match sharpness. If he is fit, Dalic will be tempted to play him, but he must also think about what is best for the long-term future of the player. It seems as if Barisic could do with a rest as he attempts to recover from this setback.
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