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In Greece's first pre-EuroBasket friendly game against Spain at OAKA, coach Dimitris Itoudis had - an impressive- Giannis Antetokounmpo at his disposal, but he could not see Kostas Sloukas and Giorgos Papagiannis in action.

Georgios Papagiannis

Georgios  Papagiannis
Position: C
Age: 25
Height: 218 cm
Weight: 125 kg
Birth place: Greece

Both players are facing injury problems. In fact, the team's starting big man hasn't practiced at all, as he continues to feel discomfort in his hamstring tendon and remains sidelined.

Papagiannis is considered extremely doubtful for Greece's outings vs. Serbia and Belgium for the FIBA 2023 World Cup qualifiers on August 25 and 28, respectively. In the worst-case scenario, the 25-year-old center could even miss the EuroBasket in September.

Although Papagiannis' condition has brought some concern among Greece's ranks, especially after his last MRI, the squad's GM, Nikos Zisis, appeared optimistic that the player will eventually make the cut. Zisis, who retired from action in the summer of 2021, stressed that Papagiannis' condition is being constantly monitored by the team's medical staff.

"He's getting ready day by day. I think and hope that he will soon be with us," the 39-year-old exec and former player told Greek public broadcaster ERT. 

Referring to Papagiannis, Dimitris Itoudis said that he's making "an effort to return, all the guys are making an effort. It is not easy to respond after only 3-4 workouts. We'll find our way. Papagiannis has the will To catch up with the rest of the team," the Greek tactician stressed.


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