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Moras to play it safe with groin injury

June 9, 2010
Associated Press

DURBAN, South Africa -- Greece center back Vaggelis Moras says he will sit out his team's opening World Cup match against South Korea even though he's recovered from a lingering groin injury.

Moras is receiving daily physiotherapy and is not training with Greece. Tests Wednesday show he is fully recovered, but he said it is too early to risk playing a World Cup match.

"I don't want to risk it," Moras said. "I want to be fit for Nigeria."

Greece plays South Korea on Saturday, then faces Nigeria on June 17. Its final match is June 22 against Group B favorite Argentina.

There was no immediate word from Greece officials who would replace Moras at the heart of the 2004 European champion's defense.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press