Croatia's World Cup plans have been rocked by the news that Niko Kranjcar is to miss the finals through injury.
Queens Park Rangers' on-loan playmaker limped out of Saturday's Championship play-off final, sparking fears that he would play no part in Brazil this summer.
Kranjcar lasted just 33 minutes against Derby County at Wembley before being forced from the field.
A hamstring problem prevented him from completing that contest, and has now dashed his World Cup dreams.
It has been revealed that the 29-year-old, who has 81 caps for his country, will require at least a month of rehabilitation in order to shake off the knock.
With the World Cup due to get underway on 12th June, Kranjcar has no hope of recovering in time.
A statement posted on the Croatian Football Association's official Twitter account read: "Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup due to hamstring injury."
National team doctor Boris Nemec told Jutarnji list: "Niko Kranjcar has ruptured his hamstring.
"The rupture is some inches wide and will need between four and six weeks to heal."