Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has suffered a “serious” thigh injury, according to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s team doctor, after the nation’s international striker lasted just four minutes as a second-half substitute at Queens Park Rangers in City’s 2-2 draw at Loftus Road on Saturday in the English Premier League, picking up an apparent injury before making way for Frank Lampard.
Dzeko still flew out to his homeland to report for duty ahead of his country’s UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier away to Israel on Sunday, but has been diagnosed with a ruptured adductor in his right thigh – an injury that generally requires a recovery period of anything between two to six weeks.
Team doctor Reuf Karaberg told the Bosnian FA’s 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.”
Bosnia coach Safet Susic has already VfB Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibsevic sidelined, leaving him with no recognised spearheads in attack in his squad, and Susic has written off his side’s hopes of securing all three points at the weekend.
“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.