Injured Ivanovic out of Serbia’s qualifiers

Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic has been ruled out of

European Championship qualifiers against the Faeroe Islands and

Slovenia because of a back injury.

Ivanovic is expected to play again in two to six weeks.

The Chelsea player said Monday, “I came to Belgrade to see my

teammates, but the back injury is such that I cannot train or

play.”

Serbia plays at the Faeroe Islands on Sept. 3 and hosts Slovenia

in Belgrade four days later in qualifying. Group C also includes

Italy and Estonia.