The long fight of Thibault Rossard, injured in the knee for months
He has not put a toe on the ground since January 28. Tired of having to fight constantly against strong and persistent pain in the knee, Thibault Rossard threw in the towel. Direction France for three weeks where he chained appointments with specialists to understand the origin of the evil, a priori a chondropathy. “I returned to Poland a few days ago and I was finally able to resume training almost normally with Rzeszów”says the receiver-attacker with 134 selections, most seen with the Blues since Euro 2019.
Already last summer, he had given up on the France team to rest his painful joint, treat it with a PRP injection, and forget a complicated season in Italy, in Piacenza. This year, he has only played ends of matches (15) with a starving average (5 points) in view of his incredible attacking talent, carried by a fiery left arm which terribly interests the coach of the Blues, Andrea Giani, who contacted him several times. Just like Earvin Ngapeth, by the way.
“For now, it’s complicated to think about joining the France team »
“For now, it’s complicated to think about joining the France team, ensures the 2016 MVP of Ligue A with Sète. I have regular exchanges with the staff but if I come, it’s in full possession of my means, to bring something to the group, not to be on the sidelines and work on the side. » The distant prospect of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 serves as a spur to continue to believe in a better tomorrow.
After the Olympic title in Tokyo, the Blues had brandished the jersey of Thibault Rossard (18) as well as Julien Lyneel (8) and Kévin Le Roux (10), major absentees from the Olympics. (F. Faugère/ The Team)
For now, while his contract with the leading club of the Polish Championship will not be extendedthe former Toulousain hopes to snatch up precious minutes in the PlusLiga play-offs and seek a national title, like a balm to the heart. “Other than that, I’m in good shape, I’ve been working out all year, I’m huge!he laughs, trying to keep his spirits up and on course in the emptiest season of his career, at just 29 years old. I need to find stability in my game but the ambition and the motivation are still there. » Thibault Rossard has not yet said his last word.