The sad case of Patrick Vieira
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