Milinkovic-Savic, who was recently voted Player of the Month in the Saudi Pro League, was taken off prematurely in his club Al-Hilal’s league match against Al-Taawon on Friday. The Serbian is said to be struggling with a knee injury.
His teammate at Al-Hilal, Aleksandar Mitrovic (ex-Anderlecht), is part of the Serbian core for the next international match. With goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (ex-Standard), Sergej’s brother, defenders Strahinja Pavlovic (ex-Cercle Brugge) and Filip Mladenovic (ex-Standard) and midfielder Filip Djuricic (ex-Anderlecht), there are four other players. the Serbian selection with a past in the Jupiler Pro League.
Serbia’s focus will mainly be on the home match in the European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria on Sunday, November 19. With thirteen points after seven matches, the team is provisionally second in qualifying group G, one point behind Hungary. Qualification beckons. Montenegro follows third on five points. Hungary and Montenegro only played six qualifying matches.
Goalkeepers: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino/Ita), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca/Spa), Djordje Petrovic (Chelsea/Eng), Filip Stankovic (Sampdoria/Ita)
Defenders: Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina/Ita), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla/Spa), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen/Ger), Strahinja Erakovic (Zenit St. Petersburg/Rus), Strahinja Pavlovic (RB Salzburg/Oos), Srdjan Babic ( Spartak Moscow/Russia).
Midfielders: Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK/Gri), Nemanja Radonjic (Torino/Ita), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe/Spa), Ivan Ilic (Torino/Ita), Marko Grujic (Porto/Por), Uros Racic (Sassuolo/Ita), Sasa Lukic (Fulham/Eng), Filip Kostic (Juventus/Ita), Filip Mladenovic (Panathinaikos/Gri), Dusan Tadic (Fenerbahce/Tur), Lazar Samardzic (Udinese/Ita), Filip Djuricic (Panathinaikos/Gri).
Forwards: Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus/Ita), Petar Ratkov (RB Salzburg/Oos), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al-Hilal/Sao).