ATHENS — Greece defender Jose Holebas has been ruled out of European Championship qualifiers against Finland and Northern Ireland after picking up a groin injury in a weekend Serie A match.
The 30-year-old left winger, a World Cup standout for Greece this year, has been replaced by Kostas Giannoulis of Olympiakos.
Holebas, who moved to Roma this season, was hurt in an Oct. 5th 3-2 loss at Juventus.
It is the second injury substitution since Greece announced its squad to face Group F rivals Finland on Oct. 11y and Northern Ireland three days later. Defender Avraam Papadopoulos is out because of a cheekbone injury, while Udinese midfileder Panagiotis Kone is doubtful.
Greece lost its group opener to Romania 1-0 at home.