RUnited in preparation for the European Championship which begins on January 13, several players of the French men’s handball team have tested positive for Covid, the French handball federation announced on Sunday, December 26.
“All the players and staff members called for this camp from December 26 to 30 were subject to a very strict protocol. A first test carried out on Friday 24 then a second on Sunday 26 December, upon their arrival at the Maison du handball, made it possible to detect several positive cases for Covid-19 while all the actors were placed in isolation « , indicates a statement.
The coach must now designate other players to complete his squad
« Rémi Desbonnet, Hugo Descat, Aymeric Minne, Dylan Nahi and Élohim Prandi are not suitable for this first preparation module », says the same source, and will have to wait to perform a negative PCR test to replay with their club and / or with the France team. There are therefore thirteen players who started the internship, coach Guillaume Gilles now having to designate others to complete his squad.
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He must already do without the services of Nedim Remili, the center-half of the Blues, gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics. His club, PSG, announced Thursday his package for Euro-2022 due to a broken foot. Three other players must also miss this first step towards the Euro handball which is to be held from January 13 to 30 in Hungary. They are Nikola Karabatic, Benoît Kounkoud and Yanis Lenne, also tested positive for Covid. Goalkeeper Vincent Gérard, « touched by a family tragedy », will not be able to participate in this first course either, the Federation said on Thursday.