Croatia's Niko Kranjcar to miss World Cup with hamstring injury

Croatia's Niko Kranjcar, left playing for Queens Park Rangers, will miss the World Cup with a hamstring injury.
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LONDON (AP) - Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup in Brazil with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for up to six weeks.

The playmaker ruptured a muscle in his hamstring during Queens Park Rangers' 1-0 win over Derby County in the second-tier League Championship playoff match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

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Kranjcar is on loan at QPR from Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev. QPR said in a statement on Monday that the 29-year-old will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Croatia is in Group A of the World Cup, with Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon, and will play in the tournament's opening match against the host Selecao on June 12.

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