The Greek duo and former PAOK players Christos Tzolis and Dimitris Giannoulis, who play for newly promoted English Premiership side Norwich City FC, have been called up to play in Greece’s forthcoming qualifying matches for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
Tzolis, however, is facing injury concerns which kept him out of the Norwich 2-1 defeat to Leicester last Saturday.
Football website Pinkun.com reported that the English club were liaising with the Greek national team’s medical staff on the state of Tzolis’ injury.
The English club’s website, canaries.co.uk, reported the pair were set to appear for Greece in today’s (1 September) friendly match against Kosovo before travelling to play Kosovo in their Group B match on Sunday evening, 5 September. The Greek side is currently are third in their group with two points from two matches ahead of Georgia on a single point and Kosovo on zero points.
The Greek national team will then face Sweden at home next Wednesday. The Swedes are four points ahead of Greece in Group B and are set to advance to the second round of qualification for the world cup. Spain who topped the group on seven points have already qualified for the world cup.
Giannoulis who has been with Norwich since last year and who helped the Canaries to gain promotion to the top flight, has 14 international caps and scored two goals for Greece.
Tzolis, 19, who recently signed a five-year deal worth €10.24 million with Norwich City, debuted for Greece in October and has played eight times for the national team scoring one goal..
Tzolis faced a baptism of fire with Norwich’s first two games of the season against Liverpool (0-3 loss) and reigning Premiership champions Manchester City (5-0), and had to sit out Saturday’s match against Leicester (2-1 loss) because of his injury.
He however showed Norwich fans what he was capable of when he scored to goals and provided two assists in his side’s 6-0 demolish of Bournemouth last week.