Vieirinha injury fears confirmed
In bad news for PAOK, it has been confirmed that Portuguese left-back Vieirinha suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against AEL, meaning he will miss a predicted six months of action.
Sunday wasn’t the best day for PAOK. In Larissa, the Dikefalos tou Vorra had the opportunity to officially claim the Super League title, but they dropped points in a 1:1 draw which means their wait for glory continues for at least one more week. However, the biggest disappointment was the news concerning captain Vieirinha, who was substituted in the 36th minute with a serious knee injury.
On Monday, medical tests confirmed that the 33-year-old has received the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament injury, which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for around six months. PAOK released this following statement in connection with the developments:
“The main loss in Larissa was not the two dropped points. Instead, it was the injury suffered by Andre Vieirinha.
Scans carried out on the PAOK captain confirmed the initial fears which had been stated by our medical team. The results showed that there has been a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a meniscus tear.
The recovery planned will be set out in the next few days.
Captain, we are all with you.”
In the 2018/2019 season, Vieirinha has made 36 appearances across all competitions, contributing with six goals and four assists. The UEFA Euro 2016 winner rejoined PAOK in August 2017 in Wolfsburg.
PAOK require one point from their final two Super League matches against Levadiakos and PAS Giannina to clinch the championship.
Pontus Wernbloom, Mauricio, Pedro Henrique, Omar El Kaddouri and Chuba Akpom are also currently on the treatment table.
Various PAOK teammates supported Vieirinha with posts on Instagram: