Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Croatia midfielder Kranjcar ruled out of World Cup

27 May 2014, 15:55

London - Midfielder Niko Kranjcar has become the third player to withdraw from the Croatia World Cup squad due to injury in the last week and will miss the finals in Brazil, the Croatian Football Federation said on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old was injured playing for Queens Park Rangers in their 1-0 Championship playoff win over Derby County at Wembley on Saturday when they won promotion back to the Premier League.

The Croatian FA confirmed the injury on their official website (www.cff.hr) stating: "Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup due to a hamstring injury."

The decision was taken after tests at their training camp in Austria.

Kranjcar, who has 81 caps and scored 16 goals for his country, follows Dnipro defender Ivan Strinic and SV Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic out of coach Niko Kovac's squad.

Kovac said the injury would sideline Kranjcar for two-to-four weeks.

"I'm extremely sorry for Niko - he is one of the most experienced players in our squad and he deserved to be part of it in Brazil," Kovac said.

"I needed Niko with his experience and good shape but we have to go on.

"We know how difficult this must be for him, since the World Cup in Brazil is one-in-a-lifetime event.

"He deserved to be in Brazil. I wish him a speedy recovery, and now we have to figure out the best possible solutions", Kovac continued.

Croatia start their World Cup campaign in the opening match on June 12 against Brazil in Sao Paulo before playing Mexico and Cameroon in their other Group A matches.

- Reuters


Arsenal can last pace, says Wenger

22 October 2016, 09:37

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...