Croatia's Ilicevic ruled out of Euro 2012

Croatia's Ilicevic ruled out of Euro 2012

Published Jun. 7, 2012 10:42 a.m. ET

Croatia midfielder Ivo Ilicevic has been ruled out of the European Championship because of a left calf injury.

Coach Slaven Bilic said Thursday that UEFA has given Croatia permission to replace the Hamburg midfielder with 20-year-old Sime Vrsaljko.

Ilicevic's injury came during training Wednesday and the expectation at the time was that it was only a minor strain. But Bilic says doctors in Warsaw ruled the 25-year-old Ilicevic out of Euro 2012.

Croatia plays its first game in Group C on Sunday against Ireland. Spain and Italy are the other teams in the group.