Expert rubbishes manager's Borna Barisic claim amid Rangers-Celtic dig
Zlatko Dalic needs to have some perspective – Rangers left-back Borna Barisc is far from an injury-prone player.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Barisic, 29, missed Croatia’s last two Nations League games with an unspecified injury.
As quoted by The Sun last Wednesday (15 June), Croatia boss Dalic accused Barisic of being “constantly injured”.
The 55-year-old also suggested that Celtic full-back and fellow Croat Josip Juranovic, 26, was the solution to his perceived injury woes.
But Dinnery insists that Barisic is not the liability that Dalic makes him out to be.
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“For every manager, expectations and pressures from stakeholders differ,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Whether you’re a domestic or an international manager, you want your best players available to go out and perform because this is a result-based business.
“But to say he’s always injured, let’s contextualise this. In 2021-22, he played in excess of 3500 minutes. That doesn’t suggest we’re dealing with a really injury-prone player.
“Last season he started 33 Scottish Premiership games. He was heavily involved in the Europa League run as well with 1100-plus minutes.
“But, it’s fairly obvious that Dalic is talking about his involvement with the national team. He had a disrupted summer going into the Euros. He picked up a lower back problem that cause him to miss a couple of games.
“Then there is that heavily disrupted period when you’re coming back. You’re always playing catch-up and I think that has impacted heavily on his availability for the national team.
“We’ve seen him miss several games, especially in the World Cup qualifiers. That is the frustration for the national team coach.
“I can see where he’s coming from but you need to contextualise it. He is not continuously in the treatment room. His availability is over three in five games, so it’s not as though he is habitually injured.”