Donis’ Knock-out From Croatia Matches Confirmed
They say hope is the last thing to die. Greek national team boss kept his hopes alive that Tasos Donis would eventually be declared fit to face Croatia next week, but it was confirmed that the Greek international will miss the World Cup playoff matches on November 9th and 12th.
After reports suggested that Donis was healing at a rapid rate, there was hope that the VfB Stuttgart attacker might just make the squad for the two massive matches that will determine Greece’s World Cup fate. However, the Stuttgart team doctors, while acknowledging that Donis’ shoulder injury has improved, this week indicated that the player needed two more weeks of rehabilitation and physical therapy to be declared fit.
The news, while expected, is still a bitter blow for the Ethniki as Donis has been one of the team’s top performers in recent matches. After also beginning the season brightly for Stuttgart, the 21-year-old picked up this injury at the worst possible time. Skibbe will certainly be forced to make some big decisions in the midfield and in attack with the news that Donis is now officially unavailable for selection. That comes on the heels of the developments concerning Petros Mantalos. The AEK star suffered a torn ACL playing against Panionios last week in the Greek Super League. Greece will have to advance to the World Cup without two recent starters who offer a lot in the team’s attack.