Mantalos suffers serious injury, Fears of torn ACL
Petros Mantalos suffered a serious injury in Sunday's Greek Superleague fixture in Nea Smyrnis against Panionios. AEK's medical team fear a torn ACL injury.
AEK snagged an important three points on the road against Panionios on Sunday, but the result came at a costly expense. Petros Mantalos suffered a serious injury late in the game after challenging a ball in the air and coming down with a bad landing. The injury looked to be a serious one just from Mantalos’ reaction as the AEK captain immediately grabbed his left knee and began doing his cross.
Mantalos will undergo medical tests on Monday where a final diagnosis will be. However, AEK's medical team is not optimistic as their initial diagnosis is an ACL injury that will leave the 26-year old out for many months.
Mantalos also suffered a torn ACL injury back in 2015 in a cup fixture against Olympiacos, which left him out for six months.
If the torn ACL injury is confirmed, Mantalos will be sidelined for six months and will surely miss Greece’s upcoming qualifiers against Croatia and most of AEK’s season.
After the injury, Mantalos’ teammates and the club president showed their support of the player. Dimitris Melissanidis immediately ordered Nikos Lymberopoulos to offer Mantalos a contract renewal, taking similar action after AEK’s Lambropoulos suffered a similar injury last season.