Nikos Karelis returns after 10 month injury
Nikos Karelis made his first appearance in 10 months with Genk after recovering from an ACL injury that he suffered last December.
On Monday, Nikos Karelis returned to the pitch after a 10-month recovery process from his ruptured ACL injury that he suffered in December 2016. The Cretan striker played 45 minutes with Genk’s second team in a friendly match against Lokeren.
“I looked like a 16-year old kid that was allowed to play with the big boys for the first time. I was very nervous because I was waiting for this moment. I am surely not pleased with my performance. I am actually very frustrated, because I made many mistakes and it will take sometime to regain my good touch with the ball.
Karelis went on to say “The good thing is that I did not feel the slightest irritation from my injury. Additionally, I played without fear, I played without thinking about my injury.”
Karelis’ recovery process stretched out longer than expected (from 6 months to 10 months) as he faced many difficulties during that time. However, the Greek international will look to re-find his great form before falling to injury, where he was one of Genks’ best players with 18 goals from 32 appearances.