"During the Nigeria match, Kalinic was warming-up and should have come in the second half", Dalic confirmed. However, he said that he is not ready to play due to back problems.
The Croatia forward kicked off the match as a substitute on the bench for the fourth successive global match, but refused to enter when asked by the head coach, Zlatko Dalic to enter in the closing part of the game. "I need fit players who are ready to play and I sent him home as he is not ready", said Dalic on Monday.
Kalinic had started on the bench for the fourth successive worldwide match but was asked to enter the game by boss Zlatko Dalic with just five minutes to go. He also refused to answer direct questions about Kalinic.More news: Kawhi Leonard Telling Rival Teams He Plans to Sign With LA Team
A decision was made later in the day to send the on-loan AC Milan striker home, leaving Mario Mandzukic as the only out-and-out striker available to Dalic. The matter came to light Monday after the player was found missing from the training session Sunday.
Kalinic refused the assignment because of a back injury, but Dalic was undaunted in his dismissal of the player.More news: Hornets Players Were Reportedly ‘Sick And Tired’ Of Dwight Howard
Kalinic was on loan at Milan from Fiorentina past year, and scored six goals in 41 appearances.
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