The Real Madrid player spent Friday in hospital after
receiving an injury to his foot but a scan has revealed
there was no ligament damage
Croatia have been given a boost with the news midfielder
Luka Modric has avoided a serious foot injury.
The Real Madrid man suffered the injury during Thursday's
controversial 3-1 defeat to Brazil in the opening game of
the World Cup.
Croatia felt aggrieved by some of Yuichi Nishimura's
refereeing, particularly his decision to award a penalty to
Brazil after a coming together between Dejan Lovren and
Fred with the score at 1-1.
However, the more pressing concern for coach Niko Kovac
was the fitness of Modric, who went to hospital for a scan
"Luka stayed in El Salvador. We will see what happened to
him. Yesterday, he got a strong blow to the foot," Kovac
However, a statement published on the Croatian football
association's website confirmed that an MRI "proved there
is no fracture or ligament damage".
Modric is therefore expected to recover quickly, and should
be available for full training on Sunday before Croatia face
Cameroon in their crucial second Group A fixture three days