The Daily Mail has reported that Ivan Perišić’s season is over.
The 34 year-old Croatia/Tottenham winger suffered a serious ACL (knee) injury during non-contact training this week. Because of that, his Spurs season is over. But what about Euro 2024?
Euro 2024 was supposed to be the “Modrić/Perišić Farewell Tour” for the Vatreni in Germany next summer. Full recovery from a full blown ACL usually takes 6-12 months. Even if Perišić fully heals in 8 months, that would only give him one month to get ready for the tournament. Not good.
Chances Perišić plays at Euro 2024: 10%
So what does Dalić and the rest of the team do on the left side of the formation?
Oršić is out for the entire season as well with an ACL injury he picked up in July. Ivanušec rolled his ankle pretty bad last night in Champions League but should be fine in a month. With the injury bug hitting the Vatreni hard this week, and things sitting how they currently do, who is the best option to play left wing when Euro 2024 rolls around in 9 months?
Do we see a resurgence from Josip Brekalo?
Would Dalić move Borna Sosa to the wing where he can sling in crosses all day without defensive responsibilities?
Could Kramarić play as a supporting striker from the left side? What about Vlašić?
So many questions to be answered this year and next. Remember, Croatia have two pivotal Euro qualifiers versus Turkey and Wales next month. Auditions for a new left-winger are now open! Who’s going to step up?
One thing is for sure…this is absolutely devastating for Perišić and Croatian fans around the world. He absolutely balled against Latvia a few weeks ago. Hopefully it’s not the last time we see the legendary Perišić in Croatian checkers. The man has been such a huge catalyst for this team alongside Modrić for over a decade.