Brisbane sign Papadopoulos as injury replacement

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Brisbane Roar have wasted little time in finding an injury replacement for Daniel Bowles, bringing in experienced defender Avram Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos, 32, was added to the Brisbane squad because of long term injury sustained by Daniel Bowles at the weekend.

It was revealed earlier today that Bowles would be out for the remainder of 2017 as he recovers from a torn ACL in his right knee. It goes without saying we hope that Bowles is successful in his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back on the field again soon.

Papadopoulos will join the Roar as an injury replacement player in the A-League for the remainder of the season and as part of the clubs 30 man AFC Champions League roster.

Brisbane’s newest defender will bring a wealth of experience to the side after spending a decade playing in both Greece and Turkey, with the Melbourne born defender also making 37 appearances for the country of his parent’s birth, including at the 2010 World Cup.

Papadopoulos made 124 appearances for Olympiakos from 2008-2014, winning the Greek Super league on five occasions. Perhaps more importantly for Brisbane is his time in Asia with both Shanghai Shenhua and Jubilo Iwata, which will bring vital experience within Asian competitions to the Brisbane side.

Most recently, Papadopoulos spent the 2016 season in the J-League with Jubilo Iwata, where he made 13 appearances for the midtable side. Papadopoulos had been in Europe following the conclusion of the J-League season and will now make his way to Brisbane.

While Papadopoulos brings a wealth of experience with him, it’s likely he will start out as the defender on the bench as cover for both North and DeVere given that Brisbane’s regular central defensive pairing have been solid all season. There should however be plenty of opportunities for Papadopoulos over the remaining eight A-League regular season and ACL Group Stage games.

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