Nikola Karabatic remained in 21 international competitions played in a row with the Blues (announced package for the 2019 World Cup, he had finally been on the trip). Appointments, the left-back and center-half star of the France team and Paris Saint-Germain will however be missing in the coming months, and not the least. Stopped for a long time due to a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee contracted last Saturday on the Ivry floor, the French international with the 313 selections of PSG will see the Final Four of the Champions League, the 2021 World Cup as well as the TQO for the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 pass him notably under his nose.
On the other hand, it has Hope to be delivered on time and 100% to be able to play in the Olympic tournament in Japan next summer.
Provided that the Blues qualify of course. “It will be done step by step, it will be long. I am not too worried. This injury is not like the others. It can happen at any time, and we know how to treat it. I do not think that age changes anything ”, reacts Karabatic in the columns of the newspaper The Parisian
this Tuesday. Obviously annoyed by this setback that occurred after a great start to the season (20 goals in Starligue) – “I was very well physically, after good preparation with the club. It gives me all the more regrets not to be able to help in this long and difficult season ”- the four-time world champion, two-time Olympic champion and three-time gold medalist puts things in perspective despite everything.
Karabatic: “A personal challenge to take up”
“I am disappointed, of course. I’m also sad that I can’t help my team anymore in this long and difficult season. But it is part of the athlete’s life. My goal is to come back as soon as possible, in good shape, and without taking any risks. I do not project myself further (…) I keep hope because I know that my hygiene of life is very good. And then there is more serious … “The native of Nis (Yugoslavia) is just convinced of one thing for the moment:” What awaits me is a personal challenge to take up. »And to think that since the start of his career, the player who will celebrate his 37th birthday next April had only experienced almost anecdotal injuries for the most part … “I was quite proud until now to never have had such a serious injury”, even laughs the eldest of the Karabatic brothers, forced despite himself to discover as the time of retirement approaches a whole new experience. It would have gone well.