After Kyllian Villeminot (right knee), it is the turn of Benoît Kounkoud to be forfeited for the World Cup which begins for France, on January 11 in Katowice against Poland, one of the two host countries (along with Sweden). Not really a surprise since Thursday evening in Orleans, the right winger who plays in Kielce arrived at the training session leaning on crutches.
He had to content himself with watching his partners evolve on the ground of the brand new CO’Met room with some 10,000 seats, which the Olympic champions will inaugurate on Saturday against Egypt, for their second preparation match for the World Championship.
Partial rupture of the aponeurosis of the left foot
“The MRI performed this (friday) morning in Orleans confirmed the suspicion of a partial rupture of the aponeurosis of the left foot. Consequently, Benoît Kounkoud is not fit to compete in the World Cup. He will follow a rehabilitation protocol adapted to this injury., explains the doctor of the France team, Emmanuel Bidet. Benoît Kounkoud will return home from the hand in Créteil (Val-de-Marne) with the France team after the match against Egypt on Saturday evening, then will leave the group which will fly away on Monday for Poland.
As he had done after the Villeminot package, Guillaume Gille, the coach, has not yet called on a new player. The group is therefore reduced to eighteen players. On this position of right winger, the French coach has two other quality elements: Yanis Lenne (recovered from an intestinal virus which deprived him of the first preparation match) and Valentin Porte.