There’s bad news for both reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Bosnia and Herzegovina as striker Edin Dzeko has been sidelined with a serious thigh injury. Dzeko played just four minutes against Queens Park Rangers over the weekend in Man City’s 2-2 draw against the lowly London side. He then suffered a thigh problem and was taken off and replaced by Frank Lampard.
However, Dzeko still made the trip to his homeland as Bosnia is scheduled to take on Israel in an important Euro 2016 qualifying match. The Bosnian squad will leave later in the week as the match will take place in Israel on Sunday, November 16th. It doesn’t look like the big striker will be playing in the match though or in any game soon for that matter since he has a ruptured adductor in the right thigh.
Bosnian team doctor Reuf Karaberg said Dzeko will likely miss anywhere from two to six weeks with the injury and told the team’s official website, “The injury is very serious and requires some recovery time, which, unfortunately, is in conflict with the possibility of a rapid return to the field.”
This is bad news for Bosnian manager Safet Susic since striker Vedad Ibisevic of German Bundesliga side Stuttgart is also out of the lineup due to an injury. This leaves Bosnia with a depleted squad, especially in the goal scoring department. However, there’s no excuse for Susic to go into the match with a defeatist and negative attitude, but that’s exactly what he’s doing as he believes his team can’t come away with all three points.
Susic must have disappointed his country’s travelling fans when he told the media in Bosnia, “If Dzeko can’t play we will be resigned to playing for a draw against Israel because we have no hope of winning without him.”