Croatia lose Olic for Euro 2012
Croatia have been dealt a major blow with Ivica Olic ruled out of Euro 2012 due to a thigh injury, the striker replaced by Nikola Kalinic.
Olic: WIll not take part in Poland and Ukraine
Scans have revealed the full extent of departing Bayern Munich frontman Olic's thigh injury and he is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks.
His place in the Croatia squad, who provide the Republic of Ireland's first opponents in Group C, will be taken by Dnipro's Kalinic, the former Blackburn Rovers striker.
A statement on the Croatian Football Federation's official website, www.hns-cff.hr, said: "Unfortunately, Ivica Olic will not participate at the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, and as his replacement, coach Slaven Bilic has called Nikola Kalinic."
Olic, who is to join Wolfsburg later this summer, suffered the injury in a friendly draw with Norway at the weekend.
The Croatians open their campaign against the Republic in Poznan on Sunday evening.