Dabizas upbeat despite injury as Greece look to prolong stay

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Nikos Dabizas has said he will put personal disappointment behind him as Greece attempt to take another famous scalp and prolong their Euro 2004 campaign against France today.

Nikos Dabizas has said he will put personal disappointment behind him as Greece attempt to take another famous scalp and prolong their Euro 2004 campaign against France today.

The Leicester defender, who picked up a groin injury during the final warm-up games, was a bystander as Otto Rehhagel's side beat Portugal on the opening day and then drew with Spain to earn a quarter-final contest with France.

"It's difficult for the manager to change a winning side," Dabizas said. "It doesn't matter if I'm playing or not. We're a unit, not individuals. If the team is doing well, I'm happy if I'm playing or not."

The midfielder Giorgos Karagounis is available after serving a one-match ban, but Zisis Vrizas, whose goal in the 2-1 defeat to the Russians edged them past Spain into the last eight, is suspended after picking up his second yellow card.

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