Greece v France preview
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Confusion surrounds France's team selection for their quarter final with Greece in Lisbon.
The Jose Alvalade showdown pits the tournament's favourites against the surprise qualifiers from Group A but Les Bleus have been far from impressive thus far.
Contradictory reports are coming out of the French camp with Patrick Vieira seemingly unlikely to figure and Olivier Dacourt ready to step into his midfield role.
The Arsenal captain only jogged on Thursday and did not train with the rest of his team-mates but William Gallas is making progress in his bid to recover from a sprained ankle so Lilian Thuram may not be required to play at full back.
Marcel Desailly is being tipped to play but Mikael Silvestre's place is in doubt after poor performances in Portugal, even though Jacques Santini is unlikely to want to make too many changes to his defence.
Greece look set to be without Stelios Giannakopoulos, even though coach Otto Rehhagel is hopeful of all his players being fit.
The Bolton Wanderers winger pulled a muscle during the draw with Spain and must be considered a massive doubt, particularly after a spokesman has already suggested the player will be unavailable for selection.
"I have not yet decided," countered Rehhagel. "We will see how he reacts in training. Then I will make a decision."
Striker Zizis Vryzas is out through suspension and Rehhagel concedes that his side has a mountain to climb against the reigning champions, but Greece have already beaten hosts and semi-finalists Portugal and will be keen to cause another upset.
Former Burnley striker Dimitrios Papadopoulos is likely to replace Vryzas, playing alongside the impressive Angelos Charisteas.
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