Attention, event: Nikola Karabatic is back.
On its twitter account, PSG hand announces this Sunday noon that the star center-half of the Parisian club and of the France team will be on the scoresheet this Sunday for the reception of Saint-Raphaël (5 p.m., Pierre- de-Coubertin, Paris XVI).
[MATCHDAY🔴🔵] @NKARABATIC is back on the scoresheet this afternoon after being sidelined since October 17, 2020 and that's already a victory for him and for the club!
📺 @beinsports_FR 2️⃣ # PSGSRVHB
- PSG Handball (@psghand) May 30, 2021
The double Olympic champion and record holder for French championship titles (12) in French co-sport has not set foot on a field since October 17, 2020. That evening in Ivry, Nikola Karabatic was out supported by his teammates, victim of a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. It was the most serious injury of his incredible career. At the time, his participation in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo was even questioned.
But the former player from Montpellier or Barcelona fought like on the floor to get back on time. He told us a few days ago after the qualification of PSG for the Final Four of the Champions League (June 12-13 in Cologne): “I resumed training with the training center and normally, I should soon be able to resume with the whole team. From there, we'll see how it evolves for me. But participating in the Final Four is in the back of my mind. “Unless there is a problem by then, the eldest Karabatic will be in Cologne in two weeks. “For the moment, all indicators are green. I'm in good shape, I work with the staff but I don't want to hurt myself, ”he told us again.
This Sunday, coach Raul Gonzales should play him for a few minutes, without taking any risk. It will be just history that the star of 37 years old finds sensations. The major meeting, it will be in the Final Four and the PSG counts although its star is almost at 100% of its means for this meeting. Remember that even in the event of victory against Saint-Raphaël, PSG will not yet be French champions at the end of this weekend. But he could be as early as Wednesday if he wins this Sunday and in Brittany in just over 72 hours. It will then be the 13th national Karabatic title, a record that is not about to be broken.