Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
SARAJEVO – Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko will miss Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Israel due to a calf injury, and coach Safet Susic said his team cannot win the match without him.
Dzeko’s absence will be a bitter blow to Bosnia’s hopes of getting its Group B campaign on track after taking only two points from the opening three games.
The robust hitman limped off the pitch four minutes after coming on as a second half substitute in Manchester City’s 2-2 Premier League draw at QPR on Saturday.
“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,” Susic told Bosnia’s FENA news agency on Monday.
“If that turns out to be the case, we will have to mount a sustained challenge after the winter break and win five of the remaining six games if we are to reach the finals in France.”
Israel currently sits in second place in Group B with two wins from two matches.
Wales is in first with seven points from three games, while Bosnia is fifth with just two points from a possible nine.