Celtic forward Giorgos Giakoumakis will be absent when the Hoops play Motherwell on Saturday, according to Greece’s national team manager Gus Poyet.
The former Brighton and Sunderland boss added that he doesn’t think the forward’s injury will keep him out for too long, which is additional encouraging news.
Giakoumakis’ selection for the Greek team didn’t come as much of a surprise after carrying over his strong performance from 2022 into the new season.
But the forward suffered an injury setback in practise before he could even play for his country in matches against Cyprus and Northern Ireland.
According to reports from his native country, the Hoops attacker underwent a scan after experiencing leg pain.
Giakoumakis was nevertheless placed under observation even though there were no severe red flags, and he missed his country’s 1-0 loss to Cyprus over the weekend.
Numerous Celtic fans have been eagerly awaiting more information from the Greece manager regarding the former Eredivise leading scorer’s current injury state.
Giakoumakis’ chances of playing in his nation’s final UEFA Nations League encounter against Northern Ireland were evaluated as “50/50” by Poyet [SportFM] prior to the match.
Greece went on to win 3-1 and earn promotion to the Nations League, but the Celtic striker was once again absent from the team.
Before the Bhoys Scottish Premiership comeback on Saturday, Poyet was questioned about the latest injury status of Giakoumakis in a press conference following that triumph.
When asked about Giakoumakis’ absence, he said [Greece NT]: “He had a small problem, and we couldn’t risk him.
“I don’t know how long. I think it’s not going to be long out, but if you ask me now, I don’t think he will play at the weekend in Scotland. So, he was not fit to play.”