Mystakidis’ First Call-up Approaching
Giannis Mystakidis is likely to be called up to the Men’s National Team for the first time in his career.
According to sportfm.gr, Michael Skibbe is likely to call up PAOK’s Giannis Mystakidis to the National Team for Greece’s qualifier away to Belgium later this month. Skibbe has attended many of PAOK’s recent games in the Superleague and in the Europa League, watching the 22-year old’s performances with the Dikefalos tou Vorra.
With the absence of Nikos Karelis, due to an ACL injury, Dimitris Kolovos was expected to replace Karelis on the roster. However, Kolovos, like Karelis, was unfortunate to suffer an ACL injury and will be sidelined for the next 6-8 months. Mystakidis, who has had a great season with PAOK, looks to be Skibbe’s next option to replace Karelis’ spot on the roster.
As far as the suspended Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Skibbe is expected to call up Panathinaikos’ Koutroumbis who was also called up for Greece’s qualifier against Bosnia in November. However, Tasos Avlonitis’ good showings in Scotland for Hearts have not gone unnoticed and he could earn the call-up from the German coach.
Greece will play away to Belgium (group leaders) on March 25th in a crucial World Cup Qualifier.