Defender Ivica Dragutinović will miss Serbia's FIFA World Cup campaign after the 34-year-old tore an Achilles tendon in training with his Spanish club, Sevilla FC.
The 34-year-old, capped 49 times, has scored twice in 20 league games for Sevilla this season but is not expected to play again this term, with Serbia coach Radomir Antić saying: "This is a big problem for us. Dragutinović means so much on the pitch and in the dressing room in terms of morale. He is our oldest player and somebody whose experience helps. We must wait for a final diagnosis, and believe that maybe something positive can happen."
Dragutinović's club captain Andrés Palop added: "If there is anyone who does not deserve an injury, although nobody deserves one, it was Drago, for everything he has done and what he means to the dressing room."
A specialist in Finland is set to decide whether Dragutinović, who previously played for FK Borac Čačak, KAA Gent and R. Standard de Liège, will require surgery. Serbia have been pooled along with Australia, Germany and Ghana in Group D for the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. Sevilla are fifth in the Liga.
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