JOSIP JURANOVIC’S bid of helping Croatia to a World Cup third place has ended in injury.

The impressive Celtic right-back will miss tomorrow afternoon’s play-off encounter against Morocco after sustaining a calf knock in the 3-0 semi-final loss to Argentina on Tuesday evening.

It has emerged Juranovic played for 70 minutes against Lionel Messi and Co with a leg problem that means he will be sidelined for the bronze medal confrontation with the Africans who lost 2-0 to reigning champions France in their semi-final.

BALL WATCHING…Josip Juranovic and Lionel Messi in a tussle for possession in their World Cup semi-final.

The 27-year-old defender has taken the spotlight with his eye-catching performances in the soccer showpiece, especially his display against Vinicius Junior in the quarter-final penalty-kick triumph over Brazil.

Juranovic, signed by Ange Postecoglou for £2.5million from Legia Warsaw in August last year, is under contract until June 2026, but his value has soared during the global extravaganza and it looks increasingly as though he will be on his way in the next transfer window.

Unfortunately, he will not get the opportunity to sign off his World Cup exploits with another defensive masterclass against Morocco, according to a report from Fabrizio Romano.


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