Injury blow for Greece

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Avraam Papadopoulos (left) suffered knee ligament damage and will miss the rest of Euro 2012
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Avraam Papadopoulos (left) suffered knee ligament damage and will miss the rest of Euro 2012

Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos will miss the rest of Euro 2012 after damaging knee ligaments in Friday's 1-1 draw with Poland, UEFA have confirmed.

The Olympiacos defender suffered the injury to his left knee in the 37th minute of the tournament's opening game in an innocuous-looking challenge with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski. Papadopoulos tried to play on, but had to be replaced.

A statement on UEFA's official website read: "Scans confirmed the 27-year-old suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sprained lateral collateral ligament of the left knee."

Papadopoulos has returned home for treatment. Greece's next Group A game is against Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Tuesday.

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