basketball Superstar Nikola Karabatic could surprisingly compete way, but at the world Cup in Germany and Denmark. The 34-Year-old had taken after his injury to resume Training with the Reserve of his club Paris Saint-Germain, said France coach Didier Dinartlaut a message on the Association website. Also Karabatic confirmed that he will join the Team.

The requirements are to be met in order for Karabatic joined the Team. “Of course he is an important player, but at this stage we need to check in the training sessions as he can in the team to arrive,” said Dinart. Karabatic will already encounter this Saturday to the team in Berlin.

The three-times world handball player had been operated on in October on the feet and should be between four and six months, as the club had communicated at the time. Despite the injury, he was called into the extended squad of the defending Champions for the world Cup.

Should play the three times world handball players actually at the world Cup, would have to soft a of other players from the French squad. Karabatic could come in the preliminary round game against host Germany on Tuesday (20.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: ZDF). Without him, France had won the Tournament kick-off effort against Brazil 24:22.

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), between 2006 and 2018, four times world and three times European champion.

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