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Simic struggling to make Croatia opener

TOKAMACHI, Japan, May 30 (Reuters) - Dario Simic is struggling to make Croatia's World Cup opener after being given a deadline of Friday to prove his fitness by coach Mirko Jozic.

Simic is nursing a calf problem and, after being advised by doctors to train alone on Thursday, the defender's chances of making Croatia's first group G match against Mexico on Monday are slim.

"He was ordered to rest and not to join in full training by the doctors and I respect their opinion," Jozic told reporters at the team's training camp near Tokamachi on Thursday.

"But we want him to train properly and join in with his team mates (on Friday) and then we will see how he responds. But if he cannot do that, we hope he will be available for our second and third matches."

Croatia, who reached the semi-finals at the World Cup in France four years ago, face Italy in Ibaraki on June 8 and Ecuador in Yokohama on June 13.

Josip Simunic is likely to replace Simic at the heart of Croatia's defence for the Mexico game.
05/30/02 02:09 ET


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yep, he said so in an interview today :)
 

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I THINK THAT JOZIC WILL SURPRISE EVERY1............................
 
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