OFFICIAL: Mantalos diagnosed with torn ACL injury
Petros Mantalos was diagnosed with a torn ACL injury and will be sidelined for at least six months.
The worst feared scenario came true for the AEK captain on Monday as his medical tests revealed a torn ACL injury in his left knee. Mantalos suffered the injury in AEK’s Superleague fixture away to Panionios on Sunday and the initial diagnosis was not a promising one from AEK’s medical team.
Monday’s tests confirmed the damage and Mantalos will be sidelined for at least six months. The 26-year old will miss Greece’s upcoming World Cup playoff qualifiers against Croatia and most of AEK’s season. The injury comes as a huge blow to the Kitrinomavri, who have started the season off well, and are one of the main contenders for this year’s SuperLeague title. As of now, it is unknown if the club will look to sign a player in January to fill the gap Mantalos leaves behind.
Mantalos also suffered a torn ACL injury back in 2015 in a cup fixture against Olympiacos, which left him out for six months. Then it was his right knee and the 26-year old will have to undergo a similar, lengthy recovery process on the other knee. Mantalos is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.
We all wish him a speedy recovery.