PAOK’s Mystakidis returns to the pitch after eight months out
PAOK midfielder Giannis Mystakidis finally made his long awaited return to competitive football, coming on in the 82nd minute during the club’s 5:1 Greek Cup win against Trikala. It was his first appearance for eight months after a horrible knee injury.
Head coach Razvan Lucescu handed Mystakidis his 2017/2018 season debut, putting him on in place of Diego Biseswar with eight minutes remaining. He almost scored too, as a firm header was turned aside by the Trikala goalkeeper. Mystakidis received a nasty cut to the right eyebrow after a collision with an opposing player, but he brushed off the knock with minimal fuss.
Nevertheless, it was a memorable moment for the 23 year old. Having missed eight months, Mystakidis will find it difficult gaining a place in a strong PAOK team, but he can now start to rebuild his promising career. Lucescu is a fan of Mystakidis’ talents, previously telling him that he was waiting for the midfielder to recover from injury.
After the match, Mystakidis shared his emotions in an interview. “I’m in good shape, I will work hard to get back in the team,” stated Mystakidis. “The team has been doing well recently, and with a bit of help, we will be able to succeed in both the championship and cup together.”
Following the game’s completion, Mystakidis posted a photo on his Instagram page, thanking everyone who had helped him get back on the pitch.