2010 FIFA World Cup: Evangelos Moras in Doubt and Other Player Updates

Nicholas LianosCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

BASLE, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Evangelos Moras of Greece during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying Group 2 match between Switzerland and Greece at the St.Jakob-Park Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Basle, Switzerland.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Evangelos Moras looks to be out of the opening match in the World Cup vs. South Korea. After picking up an injury in Greece last warm-up against Paraguay, Moras has yet to practice fully with the team.

The injury leaves the coach Otto Rehhegal with a choice between Sotiris Kyriagkos, Sokratis Papastrathopoulos, Loukas Vyntra and Avraam Papadopoulos for two center back spots.

Better news, both Giourkas Seitaridis and Vasilis Torosidis have come through without any problems and look to be closing in on full strength.  The closer these players get to full strength the better the defense will be for Greece.

Other questions for Coach Rehhegal to ponder before the World Cup Opener:

1) Where to play Vasilis Torosidis now that he has returned to the team?

Vasilis has played everywhere for Olympiacos throughout his career. While he is a great defender at either left or right back, Vasilis also plays an above average midfield where he can show more of his offensive skills. 

2)4-4-2 or 4-3-3?

Against a team like South Korea who like to run up and down the field, does Rehhegal try to slow them down by clogging up the midfield.  This also will get Sotiris Ninis more time on the field to help the Greek offense

Possible lineup with Moras out:

Tzorvas (G), Seitaridis (RB), Kyriagkos (CB), Papastrathopoulos (CB), Torosidis (LB), Karagounis (M), Tzolis (M), Katsouranis (M), Gekas (F), Salpagidis (F) and Samaras (F)

Bench: Ninis, Spyropoulos, Kapetanos, Charisteas, Patsatzoglou, Vyntra

In a change without Moras, I think Sokratis Papastrathopoulos should get the nod in the back with Kyriagkos. Avraam Papadopoulos' aggressive tackling and poor play has left him the odd man out. Loukas Vyntra has more experience but Papastrathopoulos gives Greece the better chance of winning. Having also played with Kyriagkos at AEK for a few games helps him out here as well. 

With the Cup opener only five days away coach Rehhegal has a lot of things he needs to decide.