Ivan Rakitic has said he tried to convince the Croatia team doctor about playing in the upcoming friendlies, but was convinced his health is more important.
The Barcelona player underwent an MRI scan for his calf injury, and will miss the matches against Israel and Hungary.
Rakitic will miss the friendlies, to avoid worsening the injury.
“I wanted to play, but unfortunately injury will not allow it,” the 28-year-old said.
“I had a chat to the doctor because I wanted to play. I asked him if he would let me, but he convinced me my health was more important.
“But those playing for the national team always try to do their best.
“Do not doubt us, we will do our best, we will try everything we can to win [Euro 2016] in France.”