Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has been left out of Greece’s clash against Northern Ireland to add to any lingering doubts ahead of a gruelling August at Parkhead.
After a thigh problem was picked up by Greek physios, Giorgos underwent a scan despite Gus Poyet claiming that there would be a potential outing for the former VVV-Venlo striker in their game against Ian Baraclough’s men.
Yet despite the empty promises, Giakoumakis was not included in the 23-man squad that took on the “Green and White Army” as they aim to consign the Home Nations into a relegation play-offs that would humiliatingly place them in danger of elimination to League Four.
Having been put on a training programme, it would be hoped that even a cameo from the bench would suffice; though that has not come to fruition – leaving Greece to start Fotis Ioannidis up front in a bid to down their visitors.
Giorgos Giakoumakis not in the starting XI or among the subs for Greece tonight vs Northern Ireland 🇬🇷
Worth noting, though, that Greece have nothing to play for as they’ve already topped the group 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/GdKH96QHCG
— Sean Martin (@seanmartinTCW) September 27, 2022
And with Kyogo Furuhashi also suffering injuries at the start of the season, it remains to be seen whether the Aegean target man will be out for a prolonged period just like his Japanese counterpart.