Not much action Tuesday during Champions League night #1 for the Croatians.
Vatreni winger Luka Ivanušec had to be carried off the field in the 89th minute after twisting his ankle badly in the turf. The grimace on his face looked bad, alluding to a serious injury. However, reports out of Rotterdam are saying otherwise. “A setback for the Feyenoord team was Luka Ivanušec’s injury in the final phase. The Croatian left winger’s ankle collapsed. Feyenoord will have to make do without him in the Classic against Ajax on Sunday. If you have to come off like that, with a stretcher and if your ankle gets fat so quickly, then we all know that it is unlikely that he will be able to play on Sunday. I can’t give a definitive answer to that. But after forty years in football, you know that if an ankle becomes so thick, you won’t play on Sunday…”, Feyenoord manager Arne Slot said.
This was Ivanušec’s first Champions League match for Dutch champions Feyenoord since coming over from Dinamo Zagreb a few weeks ago. It’s a shame he picked up an injury so late in a match where Feyenoord were up 2-0 against a 9-man Celtic side. The good news: it doesn’t look to be structural damage and Ivanušec should be back to training within a month.
In the only other match to feature Croatians, Manchester City came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Serbian club Red Star 3-1. Joško Gvardiol remained on the bench as an unused sub for City. Mateo Kovačić should return to the team after suffering a back injury in the next 10 days. He was not part of the squad Tuesday.