The Blues avoided the worst

While several players selected for Euro 2022 tested positive for coronavirus before the start of preparation, the Blues doctor confirmed to the press that a very strict protocol was put in place and was able to avoid a worsening of the situation.

The Blues could not hope for a more chaotic start to their preparation. A little over two weeks before the start of the 2022 European Championship, the team led by Guillaume Gille is affected by the coronavirus. Indeed, while Nikola Karabatic, Benoît Kounkoud and Yanis Lenne tested positive before joining the Maison du Handball, five new players had such a result when they arrived at the nerve center of French handball. Rémi Desbonnet, Hugo Descat, Aymeric Minne, Dylan Nahi and Elohim Prandi have indeed come to enlarge the list and pose a real problem to the French staff. But, according to the doctor of the Blues Pierre Sébastien, the worst could be avoided. Indeed, the health protocol implemented around the France team is much stricter than the government recommendations.  » If someone tests positive eight, ten or twelve days later, they won’t be let in., confided the doctor of the Blues during a press conference. It complicates things a bit, we have a player at the moment who is fourteen days old, who took another test yesterday (Sunday) and who still does not join us because he is still positive. « 

« A small disaster » avoided

According to Pierre Sébastien, if no precautions had been taken when the players arrived in Créteil, “ we could have spoken of a cluster « . « We will do new tests tomorrow (Tuesday), and see if we do not call on other players always with the same protocol for entering the group, adds the doctor of the Blues. Overall, this is what allowed us to avoid a first small disaster yesterday (Sunday) evening. “Also present in front of the press, the coach of the France team Guillaume Gille agreed that the context is not ideal to better prepare a competition like the Euro.  » We had to guarantee the arrival of players who have already tested negative, which delays the arrival of these reinforcements a little. but which will allow us, we hope, to benefit from precious elements, confided the former assistant of Didier Dinart. Today (Monday), we are a little disabled to be able to play handball in a large space and to occupy all the positions. The boss of the Blues also confirmed that all the players present in the list enlarged to 35 elements transmitted to the EHF have been tested.  » It allows us to make a first sorting between positive and negative, and then, behind, to be able to make a final choice in relation to the position and the possibilities of associations offered by each other ”, he justifies. Guillaume Gille assures him,  » we prepare as if we were to play normally The Euro even if the uncertainty remains great.

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