Junior Fernandes has seen his World Cup hopes ended after suffering a broken leg playing for Dinamo Zagreb against RNK Split on Wednesday. Fernandes fractured his left fibula in the 3-0 victory, and was operated on after being taken to hospital.
He had scored the second goal in a 3-0 win for his side in the Croatian first division encounter in Split, and his influence on proceedings was brought to a sudden halt after a reckless challenge from Dario Rugasevic.
The split defender earned a second yellow card for the cynical tackle which, not only stopped Fernandes in his tracks, but also resulted in his season ending injury. Fernandes had been all but a guarantee to be included in Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man Chile squad for the World Cup this summer.
Fernandes has been on loan with Dinamo Zagreb from Bayer Leverkusen and had scored an impressing 12 goals in 26 appearances for his temporary employers. The 25-year-old has nine caps for his country.