Greece forward Giorgos Samaras will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering an elbow injury in Friday night’s 2-1 win over Latvia.
An MRI in Athens on Saturday revealed that Samaras suffered ligament damage in his left arm after taking a bad fall on what was a rainy night in the Latvian capital
The Celtic forward was previously a doubt as he looked to recover from a bad-back that kept him out of training earlier in the week. Nevertheless, Samaras was on the bench to start the game for Greece and eventually saw 23 minutes of action before having to leave the game with an apparent arm injury.
The 27-year-old replacing Kostas Mitroglou at the start of the frame in a move that helped change Greece’s fortunes after Aleksandrs Cauna scored from the spot in the first half. Samaras eventually made way for Sotiris Ninis, but his performance was significant in the build-up for Nikos Spyropoulos’ equalizer at the Skonto Stadion — Theofanis Gekas later adding the final touches on a come-back win for Greece.
Samaras is now definitely set to miss Greece’s World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania on Tuesday in addition to Celtic’s domestic fixtures and early UEFA Champions League ties.