Karnezis Ruled Out for Greece
Greece will be without their number one goalkeeper, Orestis Karnezis, when they travel to Belgium in less than two weeks time for a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Orestis Karnezis, who has been in great form with his club, was injured over the weekend in Udinese’s match against Pescara in the Italian Serie A. The Greek goalkeeper collided with an opponent in the final minutes of the match, suffering a fracture and dislocation of his pinky finger on his right hand. The injury will leave Karnezis out for three weeks, meaning he will be unavailable for Greece's World Cup qualifier away to Belgium on March 25th.
Michael Skibbe will now need to turn to an alternative option to replace Karnezis in the starting lineup. In November, when Greece hosted Bosnia, Skibbe called up Glykos and Kyriakidis to the roster and the two players are likely to be re-called to the national team this go around. Glykos will now be the favorite to start between the Greek goalposts against Belgium.
A reminder, Glykos came on to replace Karnezis at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Karnezis was subbed off due to an injury in Greece’s match against the Ivory Coast.
In addition to Karnezis, Nikos Karelis has been ruled out due to an ACL injury while Dimitris Kolovos, who was in great form with Mechelen and was likely to be called up, is also unavailable due to an ACL injury. Kyriakos Papadopoulos is suspended for the match after receiving a red card against Bosnia.