August 18, 2018 / 8:29 PM / 4 months ago

Croatia defender Strinic ordered to rest over heart condition

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud in action with Croatia's Ivan Strinic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MILAN (Reuters) - Croatia’s World Cup left back Ivan Strinic has been ordered to avoid any sporting activity after being diagnosed with a heart condition, his club AC Milan said on Saturday.

Strinic, 31, played in six of Croatia’s seven games at the World Cup including the final where they lost 4-2 to France. He joined Milan from Sampdoria on a free transfer in the close season and has yet to play for his new club.

Milan said the heart condition, which the club named as cardiac hypertrophy, was discovered during routines tests.

The club said the exams were “worthy of further study to be carried out after a period of rest. For this reason, the player must temporarily suspend sporting activity until the completion of the exams”.

Strinic has also played for Hajduk Split, Dnipro Dniporpetrosvk and Napoli and has won 49 caps for Croatia.

Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond

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