Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup 2018 after he refused to come on as a substitute during the 2-0 defeat of Nigeria, media reports said on Monday (Jun 18).
The former Blackburn star refused to come off the bench against Nigeria. Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has confirmed Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup.
The AC Milan striker refused to come on as a substitute during Saturday 2-0 Group D win over Nigeria.
He has now been banished from the Croatia squad with Dalic saying the ex-Blackburn forward blamed a back problem for not wanting to play.
Kalinic has 41 caps and 15 goals for his country and joined AC Milan, on loan with an obligation to buy, from Fiorentina last summer.