Handball World Cup: touched in the left foot, Nikola Karabatic could miss the semi-final against Sweden

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The management of the France team “will make the decision at the last moment” to play injured left-backs Nikola Karabatic and Thibaud Briet in the semi-final of the World Cup against Sweden in Stockholm, the coach said on Thursday. Guillaume Gilles.

Guillaume Gilles and his staff will take “the decision at the last moment” about Nikola Karabatic. The legend of the France team feels pain in his left foot and could not hold his place throughout the quarter-final against Germany.

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The coach of the Blues spoke about the case of the 38-year-old player: “Niko is the status quo. We are going to test (Friday). He does a lot of care, recovery, we will make the decision at the last moment.”

The situation of the left-back, Thibaud Briet, is similar: “Thibaud also continues the tests, there too we need certainties, he is still in a period of arranged work. We will see tomorrow (Friday).” But the coach of the Blues hopes to be able to rely on his two left backs: “we hope that they can be there tomorrow, it’s hour by hour.”

Sweden also diminished

The Swedes, reigning European champions, will be deprived of their center half and master to play, Jim Gottfridsson, injured in the left index finger in the semi-finals and who announced his package for the end of the World Cup.

“He is a major player, one less asset in the sleeve of the Swedes, the one who dictates the offensive game, and a game more than licked. It is obvious that we prefer to know him on the side”, reacted Guillaume Gilles. The semi-final will be played this Friday, January 27 in Stockholm (9 p.m.).

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