Mitroglou Injury The Big Concern Ahead of Greek Squad Picks
Though most of the attention in Europe in recent days has been the resumption of league play across the continent, the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia resume at the end of the month and beginning of September.
Greece face Estonia and Belgium in two matches which will go a long way in determining their World Cup fate. There are several questions marks surrounding the squad selection ahead of these crucial fixtures.
There could be surprises from Greek boss Michael Skibbe, however the list below represents the most likely candidates barring any shock inclusions from the German coach.
Some players such as Kostas Mitroglou and Panagiotis Tachtsidis are nursing injuries picked up in the preseason. The main concern centers around Mitroglou. After picking up a knock in the Emirates Cup last month, the Benfica striker has been recuperating without being able to play in his club’s early season matches. With barely 10 days left until the Estonia match, it will be a race against the clock for Greece’s first-choice center forward to get fit.
Below is a breakdown of potential call-ups based upon recent squads and players who have impressed in the start of the new campaign:
Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Stefanos Kapino, Andreas Gianniotas, Giannis Anestis
Defenders: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (suspended against Estonia), Kostas Manolas, Vasilis Torosidis, Giorgos Tzavellas, Kostas Stafylidis, Leonardo Koutris, Babis Lykogiannis, Michalis Bakakis, Panagiotis Retsos, Marios Oikonomou, Giorgos Koutroubis
Midfielders: Kostas Fortounis, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Manolis Siopis, Zeca, Giannis Maniatis, Andreas Samaris, Dimitris Kourbelis, Alexandros Tziolis, Petros Mantalos, Giannis Gianniotas, Thanasis Androutsos, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
Forwards: Tasos Donis, Kostas Mitroglou, Apostolos Vellios, Dimitris Diamantakos