"Everything that's happened to Croatia has been fantastic for them so that's a positive from our point of view with Vedran," he told City's website.
"We hope that all our players come back fit and well, that's always the worry as a club manager. International football is important to the individuals involved, players have huge feelings about playing for their countries - rightly so. But from the club manager's point of view, you are selfish on occasions, you'd prefer that they limit their commitments sometimes and come back fit and well, but that's not always an easy task.
"I've been an international manager as well, and I understand their frustration when it becomes difficult to get players released. It's something that's part of the football calendar, you plan accordingly. Most of the players here are internationals, that was known when they were brought to the club, so we can't complain too much."