Sokratis Papafioratos will be missing the Manchester United game tomorrow after he was unable to obtain a visa in time. The Greek international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this season and will be keen to make his debut for the club.
Sokratis Papafioratos is a Greek international defender who is set to miss Manchester United’s game against Swansea City after being refused a visa.
The 24-year-old was due to join up with his United teammates for their pre-season tour of the United States but has been left stranded in his homeland.
Papafioratos’ agent has confirmed that the defender will not be travelling to America and is now waiting for a response from the club about whether he can travel to England instead.
The centre-back has made 33 appearances for Greece since making his international debut in 2014, scoring two goals.
Sokratis Papafioratos has spent the past six seasons at Manchester United, making over appearances for the club.
However, the Greek defender will have to watch from the sidelines as he is absent for the game against Crystal Palace due to a visa issue.
Papafioratos’ agent has revealed that the player didn’t receive his visa in time and will have to travel to Manchester later on Wednesday to get it sorted out.
The 26-year-old has been in excellent form this season, helping United keep four clean sheets in the Premier League.
He has made 32 appearances for the club overall and was seen as one of the club’s key defenders alongside Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett.
United will be hoping that Papafioratos can make an appearance against Palace later on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old defender has seven Greece caps to his name, and was part of their squad that reached the last of the UEFA Euro tournament.
Sokratis Papafioratos has been forced to miss Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United after his visa application was rejected.
The-year-old defender Sokratis Papafioratos has been forced to miss Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United after his visa application was rejected. Sokratis is a seven-time Greece international and was part of their squad that reached the last of the UEFA Euro tournament.
Sokratis is a versatile defender who can play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder. He has made over 200 appearances in all competitions for AEK Athens, and was signed by Manchester United in January 2017 for a fee of £16 million.
United are currently sixth in the Premier League table, with a game in hand on fifth place Newcastle. Sokratis’ absence will be a big loss for manager Jose Mourinho, who may have to field youngster Axel Tuanzebe in his place.
Sokratis Papafioratos is set to miss Manchester United’s game against Stoke City on Sunday after being unable to secure a visa in time. It is unclear how long the defender will be absent for, but he will be a huge loss for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Papafioratos joined United from Greece’s AEK Athens in January and made his Premier League debut against Swansea City last month. The 23-year-old has impressed during his short time at Old Trafford and was set to play a key role in United’s defence this season. However, his absence against Stoke could see Luke Shaw take his place in the side.
United have been hit with several injury problems recently and Van Gaal will be desperate to keep his squad as fresh as possible ahead of their clash with Barcelona in the Champions League next week. Papafioratos’ absence will only add to those concerns.