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Euro handball: overtaken by the Covid-19, the French team holds its breath


This Tuesday, the day after a great victory over Serbia and a qualification for the main round, the Blues learned of the positive control of Karl Konan, their number 1 defender.

So far, everything was going well, so well even. Victorious in their first three Euro matches with a good margin over their opponents (Croatia, Ukraine and Serbia), the France team sailed calmly towards the main round with two points and increased confidence in their means. What was not obvious after an oh so delicate preparation between the injuries of some (Luka Karabatic, Nedim Remili and Timothey N'Guessan), the stabbing of another (Elohim Prandi, fortunately released from the hospital a week ago) and the multiple positive cases of Covid-19 which prevented Guillaume Gille from being able to work as he wished. So many odds that did not seem, given the level displayed by the Olympic champions in Szeged (Hungary),have affected their quality of play. Especially defensively. But this Tuesday, the first blow occurred. Not on the pitch, but off it...

Tested daily, the Blues knew they were at risk of a positive case. Who, alas, occurred this Tuesday morning in the person of Karl Konan. Author of an extraordinary start to the competition for a novice player in a major international competition, the player from Pays d'Aix will have to observe a five-day isolation, or even more if he does not manage to present a negative test, leaving the French defense orphan of its leader. A new blow in a sector where it had already been necessary to compensate for Luka Karabatic's package. Present on the list, the Nantais Théo Monar was immediately called by the French staff and he will arrive this Tuesday evening in Budapest, where the Blues will start their main round on Thursday against an opponent whose identity remains to be determined. Very tight timingwhich supposes a time of adaptation, obviously hoping that he presents a negative test so as not to further complicate the situation.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-01-18

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