-- Season Ending Injury for Karelis… --
Unfortunate news came out of Belgium today as Nikos Karelis’ medical exams showed a ruptured ACL injury which will leave him out for the remainder of the season. The Greek striker suffered the injury in yesterday’s match in the Belgian Jupiler League against Gent.
A huge blow for Genk and the Greek National Team as Nikos Karelis will be sidelined for the next EIGHT months. The 23-year old striker ruptured his ACL in yesterday’s match against Gent early on in the second half. The diagnosis was confirmed and announced today by the club after Karelis’ medical exams were released. He will undergo surgery immediately and will begin his long road to recovery in hopes of being fit for the start of next season.
The injury means that Karelis will miss Greece’s two important World Cup qualifiers on the road against Belgium and Bosnia in March and June of next year.
Karelis was injured early in the second half on a play that did not involve a foul or even a challenge. Karelis was simply dribbling the ball as fell hard on his left knee, causing the ACL rupture.
Karelis has been the most in-form Greek striker, having scored 18 goals this season for Genk including a penalty in yesterday's match before suffering the injury.
Get well soon, Niko...