Second ACL injury for PAOK’s inspirational captain Vieirinha
PAOK’s inspirational captain, Adelino Vieirinha, suffered a terrible ACL injury for a second time in his career and will undergo yet another lengthy recovery process.
On Monday, scans revealed the worst for PAOK’s inspirational leader, Adelino Vieirinha, as he was diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The PAOK captain suffered the injury during Sunday’s Super League clash against AEL, ruling him out for at least six months.
From the moment he was injured, Vieirinha understood the extent of his injury, having ruptured his ACL once before in 2013 while playing for German Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in his second season at the club. The unfortunate incident came in September of 2013 in a Cup match against VfR Aalen and he returned to action in April of 2014. Throughout his 199-day recovery program, Vieirinha missed a total of 50 matches across all competitions.
On this occasion, PAOK’s captain ruptured his right anterior cruciate ligament, when in 2013 the injury was suffered on his left knee. Irony would have it that in both instances at Wolfsburg and PAOK, Vieirinha suffered the injury in the 34th minute of the match!
Vieirinha will likely travel to Portugal at the conclusion of the season to have surgery on his knee with the same orthopaedic surgeon who operated on fellow PAOK player Mauricio, who was dealt the same fate earlier this season.
The 33-year-old, however, will be at the Toumba Stadium on Sunday night to lift PAOK’s first league trophy since the 1984/85 season, if the Thessalonikis manage at least a point against relegated Levadiakos. Vieirinha has been an inspiration to this PAOK team and no one deserves more to lift the Super League crown. An ACL injury will not stand in his way...