France’s handball players have reacted to the injury of their captain Cédric Sorhaindo and Nikola Karabatic for their world Cup added to a team roster. The 34-year-old three-times world handball player now belongs to the 16-player comprehensive Team of the title holder, as the French said on its Website. “He is ready to play and everyone knows the quality of Nikola and his ability to help the Team,” said coach Didier Dinart after days of speculation about the return of the backcourt player.

The 25:25 against Germany had renounced the French on Karabatic. Sorhaindo was in the match with a calf injury, remains in the further course in the tournament but still with the team. The new captain of the world champion veteran Michael Guigou.

The four-time world champion Karabatic had been operated on in October because of a foot injury, six months should he fail, the world Cup seemed to be secure. After an unexpectedly tight opening win against Brazil (24:22) announced the national coach Dinart surprisingly, the return.

Karabatic has helped to shape the great Era of the French handball players in the past 16 years. He’s missed since his first international game in October 2002, not a large tournament, caught up with the Équipe Tricolore two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012), and between 2006 and 2018 has been four times world and three times European champion.

France denies its final preliminary round game on Thursday evening (20.30 clock) in Berlin against Russia. The entire game plan of the Handball world championship you will find here.

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