The sad case of Patrick Vieira

January 22, 2009

Portsmouth are interested in bringing Inter Milan’s Patrick Vieira back to England.

The only problem is that the former Arsenal man is injured…again. 

I’ve been the Reuters sports correspondent in Milan for nearly two years and I have interviewed Vieira more times than I have seen him play live.

A catalogue of knocks has led many fans to forget one of the most-powerful midfield players in a generation. 

The 32-year-old admitted last week that he may not play for France much longer.

When he has turned out for Inter, he has looked a shadow of the long-legged, rampaging figure we all remember from his Arsenal days.

Even if he gets fully fit, he is no longer guaranteed a start in Inter’s first team and coach Jose Mourinho rarely laments his unavailability. (Fellow Inter benchwarmer Marco Materazzi has also been linked in the media with Tottenham.)

A move back to England at some point could re-energise Vieira’s career but if his weary limbs can not be fixed, he will never be the player he once was.

PHOTO: Inter’s Vieira fights for the ball with AC Milan’s Ronaldinho in the city derby, Sept. 28 REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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I’m an Inter fan and Vieira did well in his first season at the club but sometimes you have to face the inevitable truth that injuries can end your career at the top and that is the case for Vieira. When he has played he’s been woeful at times. He should never play for France again and should humbly accept a place at a lesser club were the pressure will not be on him to perform.

Posted by Kevin Gilmour | Report as abusive

always rumoured that Arsenal sold him on advice thhat he had one leg longer than the other(I am not kidding here) and would suffer repetitive pelvic groin and leg injuries going forward.

Posted by simon mercer | Report as abusive

Did you hear about Patrick Vieira’s shock move to Manchester City went through even though he failed a medical at one of the Manchester city hotels. The French veteran had to accept a six-month contract, with an extra year if he stays injury-free, as City boss Roberto Mancini struggled to complete the deal. City put former Arsenal star Vieira through extensive checks and were concerned about a calf problem, which forced him to Saturday’s defeat at Everton. At one stage Vieira’s move from Inter Milan looked like being called off and City even looked at alternative short-term signings. I hope the powers at be know what they are doing. I know they are loaded wish cash but these gambles rarely pay off.

Posted by Gavelect | Report as abusive