Injury blow for Greece

09 June 2012 01:17

Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos will miss the rest of Euro 2012 after damaging knee ligaments in Friday's 1-1 draw with Poland, UEFA have confirmed.

The Olympiacos defender suffered the injury to his left knee in the 37th minute of the tournament's opening game in an innocuous-looking challenge with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski. Papadopoulos tried to play on, but had to be replaced.

A statement on UEFA's official website read: "Scans confirmed the 27-year-old suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sprained lateral collateral ligament of the left knee."

Papadopoulos has returned home for treatment. Greece's next Group A game is against Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Tuesday.

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Pos Team Pld Pts
- Belgium 0 0
- Panama 0 0
- Tunisia 0 0
- England 0 0