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Smaller squad without Big Sofo

As if Greece coach Ilias Zouros didn’t have enough on his plate due to players dropping out of the squad, he will now have to make do without center Sofoklis Schortsanitis in Eurobasket 2011, according to reports.

The Maccabi Tel Aviv superstar informed the coach and the federation on August 2 that he had to opt out of preparations for the European Championship that starts on August 31 in Lithuania for personal reasons.

Reports link his decision to a health problem that his girlfriend is suffering, although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

“Big Sofo» had come close to missing this summer’s preparations with the national team due to an eye problem, but eventually he joined the squad at its training camp at Karpenisi in central Greece.

Reports suggest that the federation will do everything in its power to change his mind and have him offer his precious service to the already depleted national team in the tournament that concludes on September 18.

Greece is already without Dimitris Diamantidis, Thodoris Papaloukas, Panayiotis Vassilopoulos, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Vassilis Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglou for a variety of reasons.