The handballeur French Nikola Karabatic announced, Friday, October 19, on the website of his club, PSG, that he has been operated on the left foot and that, therefore, he will not compete in the World in January 2019. “The pain had become too strong “, explains Nikola Karabatic, 34-year-old, whose unavailability should be four to six months.

The half-center had been suffering since December, 2016 a deviation of the base of the big toe towards the outside. “I had to tighten the teeth. Last season went quite well until the Final Four [champions League]. At this time, the pain reappeared. I had to play the last few games of the season with a strong discomfort. It was said that with the holidays, and rest, the symptoms will decline but, at the resumption, they were always there, ” he continued.

A title to defend,

This package is a heavy blow for the team of France, the parisian player is one of the “veterans” of the team and one of its pillars for nearly fifteen years (two olympic titles, four world titles, three european titles). Won the bronze medal in January in the Euro, in January of this year, with a team that had been strongly renewed, the Blues will defend their world title in January. They will have to confront in the first Germany, Russia, Serbia, Brazil and Korea.

to Face Germany ” will not necessarily be simple, had declared, in June, Didier Dinart, the coach of the France team, in a press release issued after the announcement of the draw. The other opponents, even if France seems to be superior, will not be out-argued, evidenced by the many surprises that occurred during the last Euro “. None of the teams in this group participated in the quarter-finals of the World 2017 or the Euro 2018. Germany has taken the bronze medal at the olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

” It’s going to be the first international competition that I’m going to miss with the Blue. Difficult to have to forgo all of that, ” said Nikola Karabatic. At the same time, I knew that by continuing, I had no chance to compete in this competition. Worse, if I had continued to play, I’d be very well able to aggravate my injury and may be forced to put an end to my career. “

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