Sokratis Papastathopoulos had to come off at half-time in Greece’s clash with Finland, with reports in his home country suggesting he has an ankle injury.
Despite only recently coming back from injury with Arsenal, Sokratis started two games in four days for Greece, facing Hungary and Finland. You can understand why his country were so keen to play him again, after he helped them to a clean sheet against the former. However, it backfired badly, as he had to come off at half-time against the latter.
Greek reports suggest he has an ankle issue, but we’ll have to wait for further updates.
Sokratis’ team fell apart without him, conceding the opening goal of the game just a minute into the second half. They then let another in, to former Gunner Glen Kamara, in the final minutes. The 2-0 result leaves Finland in pole position for promotion, whilst Greece will just be fighting to avoid relegation.
For Arsenal, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi are the club’s only real options now. It’s a good thing neither got called up for their country, so they’ll be rested for the game against Leicester City next Monday.
There’s always the option to play Nacho Monreal as a centre-back, with Sead Kolasinac on the left, now that the Bosnian full-back has returned from an injury of his own. Still, centre-back options are really running low. Hopefully, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis all return soon.