Torosidis expected to be fit, Changes to the Greek starting XI
Vasilis Torosidis will likely be fit for the second leg matchup in Greece against Croatia while Michael Skibbe is expected to make some changes to Greece’s starting XI on Sunday.
Vasilis Torosidis completed training with the rest of the team on Friday and is expected to be fully fit for Sunday’s second leg matchup against Croatia in Greece. The Greek captain missed out on Thursday’s clash due to an injury and his absence was clearly felt in the Greek defensive line.
Kostas Manolas will also return to Greece’s starting XI after serving a controversial one-match suspension by FIFA during the first leg. Like Torosidis, Manolas’ speed and presence in the back was clearly missed in Zagreb.
In addition to Torosidis and Manolas, Michael SKibbe will likely make a few other changes to Greece's starting line-up on Sunday. The Ethniki will be chasing a miracle comeback to overturn the 4-1 defeat in the first leg and although the task seems extremely difficult, the players are determined to chase a good result.
The German boss will surely proceed to a more attacking line-up, compared to the first leg in Zagreb, with Lazaros Christodoulopoulos or/and Tasos Bakasetas expected to start for Greece on the wings. Zeca, who played on the right wing in Croatia, will be moved back into the midfield and will be partnered by either Tziolis, Tachtsidis, or Samaris with the latter's availability in question after suffering a knock on Thursday.