CHAD WINGER - Friday, October 1, 2004
Olympiakos' 21 year old American starlet Peter Philipakos has been ruled out of action for up to 8 weeks, after an MRI has revealed what team doctors are terming a 'small hernia'.
The speedster had been pegged to start the season as the team's starting right midfielder according to the Greek media, but after initially trying to see if the injury would respond to non-surgical treatment, Philipakos was held out of Olympiakos' first 4 matches of the season.
It has now been decided by to have the former American University standout go under the knife, as he is set to have the minor procedure done by one of Greece's top surgeons on Tuesday in Athens.
The injury, similar to the one that Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy recently returned from, isn't considered serious and has a tentative recuperation time of up to 8 weeks.
Philipakos though, plans to beat those expectations and hit the field much earlier, "I am going to do everything I can to try to be back for the [November 3rd] Monaco match," he tells YA on Friday morning.
"I am really disappointed. I originally tried to play through the pain, but it finally became too much," Philipakos continued. "They wanted me to start against Deportivo and I was really looking forward to it, but it just became too painful. At least it's going to be done now, and not later, so I'll have most the season left once I get back."
Olympiakos has gotten off to a fine start both domestically and in the Champions League, with the team at full points after two matches in Greece in addition to heading the Group A standings with 4 points, after a scoreless away draw against Deportivo, and Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over English giants Liverpool.