The Croatia boss has revealed that the Real Madrid midfielder is on track to return next March after damaging his thigh against Italy
Real Madrid midfielder Luca Modric got injured after playing too many games in the early part of the season, according to Croatia head coach Niko Kovac.
The midfielder suffered a thigh injury in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy and was subsequently ruled out for three months.
His national team coach has revealed that his rehabilitation is going smoothly and feels vindicated for resting him for the friendly against Argentina just a few days before he picked up the injury.
“We went with the Real Madrid doctor to visit Dr. Muller Wolfhart in Munich so that Luka could get a second opinion,” he told Goal.
“It matched the one given by his Madrid doctor exactly. It is severe injury but his recovery is going surprisingly well and we are all optimistic that he will return in March.
“His injury was caused by too many matches and I was criticised a lot for deciding to rest key players in the Argentina friendly.
“I knew that would be a risk to play with Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic in that match because I was a player and I played in that tight schedule, twice a week. I know how hard it is.