Dabizas eyes recall

Last updated : 30 September 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The transfer-listed defender is aware that his long-term future lies away from United but is desperate for some first-team action in order to cement his place in the Greece squad for Euro 2004.

"It's good to know that I haven't been forgotten despite everything that has happened to me over the last few months," he told The Journal, after Sir Bobby suggested he could be used as cover.

"The manager hasn't spoken to me about how I could fit into his plans in the next few weeks and I'm not expecting too much.

"But it looks like I'm not finished at Newcastle just yet. If the chance to play first team football comes along again then of course I'll take it. That's the only reason I'm here and I've never given up hope.

"All I want is the chance to do what I do best. At the moment I'm not enjoying my time here and the only way that will change is if I get back in the team.

"It was encouraging to get a telephone call from Greece to confirm I would be in the squad for the game against Northern Ireland.

"But the fact that I haven't played first-team football for some time means I could miss out on a starting place.

"International football is still my primary concern - the longer I remain on the sidelines here, the more likely I am to miss out on Euro 2004."

Dabizas’ last appearance in United colours was in the reserves’ 3-0 home defeat by Grimsby Town on Friday.