Posted by: sefa101 | April 14, 2008

Strike force key to Bilic’s preparations

With less than two months until Croatia play co-hosts Austria in their first match of Euro 2008, coach Slaven Bilic has fitness concerns over three of his strikers.

With top scorer Eduardo da Silva already out due to the leg and ankle break the sustained in February, several of Bilić’s other forwards have endured turbulent campaigns. Of those Parma’s Igor Budan, made his comeback in late January having been sidelined since the end of August, while Werder Bremen’s Ivan Klasnic still requires time to reach full fitness following two kidney transplants. Completing the trio is Hamburg’s Ivica Olic who suffered a thigh injury two weeks ago, and requires at least another week to recover.

“Eduardo is a huge loss for us, I am just praying our other strikers can keep fit in time for the summer” stated Bilic.

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