Mitroglou likely to miss out, Kompany doubtful for Belgium
Greece will likely be without Kostas Mitroglou in Sunday's crucial World Cup Qualifier against Belgium. Vincent Kompany is doubtful for the visitors.
Michael Skibbe will have many injury concerns before Greece’s all-important World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Sunday. Kostas Mitroglou will likely miss out on the fixture, leaving a big gap in Greece’s attacking line which was highly evident in Thursday’s disappointing goalless draw with Estonia. The former Benfica man underwent an individual training program on Saturday and if he is ruled fit to play, will come on as a substitute against Belgium.
Vasilis Torosidis will also miss out due to an injury along with Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who suffered an injury in Thursday's match against Estonia. A last minute decision will be made on Panagiotis Retsos, who also suffered a knock against Estonia.
Good news for Greece will be the return of co-captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos after serving a one game suspension against Estonia.
Many questions remain for Greece’s starting lineup for the right back, center midfield, left wing, and strikers positions. Maniatis, Retsos, and Stafylidis could start in the right back position while Zeca, Samaris, or Tachtsidis could partner Zeca in the midfield.
Stafylidis could also be put out on the left wing position with Donis moving to the lone striker’s position. However, If Donis starts out left, Diamantakos will be the favorite to play as the lone striker, replacing Vellios and the injured Mitroglou.
As of now it looks like Skibbe will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Karnezis (GK), Maniatis/Retsos/Stafylidis (RB), Papastathopoulos (CB), Manolas (CB), Tzavellas (LB), Tachtsidis/Tziolis/Samaris (CMF), Zeca (CMF), Mantalos (RMF), Fortounis (AMF), Stafylidis/Donis (LMF), Diamantakos/Donis (CF).
Belgium also have some injury concerns with Vincent Kompany likely to miss Sunday's qualifier against Greece. However, Eden Hazard, who came on as a substitute against Gibraltar on Thursday, will likely start for the Red Devils in Sunday’s qualifier.