16 January 2017
Germany will have to play their next France 2017 match in Group C without their left back Paul Drux. The Fuchse Berlin shooter twisted his ankle in the 35:14 win against Chile on Sunday.
“He will not play against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, but we are confident that Paul will be back for the next one against Belarus,” said Dagur Sigurdsson, Icelandic-born coach of the European champions on Monday morning. Sigurdsson went on to add: “all other players are ready.”
But still, Germany will not complete their squad, for which they only nominated 15 players so far. One option would be left-handed Holger Glandorf, but they “will only bring him in case of emergency. In the right back position, Kai Hafner is playing a good tournament so far,” Sigurdsson said.
Despite this week’s funeral of his father, who had suddenly and unexpected died last week, team captain Uwe Gensheimer will not miss any match of France 2017, announced the German Federation.
After the clear win against Chile, the Germans will not underestimate the Saudis, who showed two strong performances against Croatia and Belarus, but still have no point on their account. “We are the favourites, we want to win, but we have to prepare extremely well,” said the head coach of the German team. “Matches like those simply belong to a World Championship. Teams like Chile and Saudi Arabia do not have the experience and the physical condition as we have, but still they deserve to be part of the tournaments,” concluded the Icelander.
Sigurdsson’s players will have a free day on Monday. “It is the good chance to see something different other than arena and our hotel. Maybe we will go for a walk round Rouen’s city centre,” said line player Patrick Wiencek.
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