world Cup-unlucky Martin Strobel has discovered after his serious knee injury via Instagram from the hospital. “I’m speechless about a lot of messages, and recovery,” wrote the 32-Year-old a photo that shows him in a hospital bed: “Thank you Berlin and Cologne, that I was able to do that with this TEAM. The path is not over yet, men!“

Handball-world Cup in 2019, All of the games at a Glance

“The Operation went well. It happens to me as well,“ said the severely injured playmaker of the SID and put his downtime to six to eight months. “Now it is to take time for the rehab and follow the advice of the Doctors.” The way back on the floor for him “the highest priority”. His future in the national team Strobel left open. “I’m not thinking about. I need to get back on their feet and healthy,“ said the 32-Year-old, who had only been briefly reactivated before the home world Cup. “Sport can be incredibly beautiful, but also extremely hard and sad moments,” said Strobel. His experience and age would help him with the injury for a better understanding. “We expose ourselves to this risk on a daily basis and have to cope with, if, then something like this happens. There is no good time to do it,“ said Strobel.

The Director had twisted in the main round match of the German team against Croatia (22:21) already in the ninth Minute, without opposing the action of the left knee. The Doctors diagnosed a tear in her medial ligament and a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. As a replacement for the playmaker of the second-League club Balingen-because Stetten national coach Christian Prokop has since arrived in the 22-year-old Tim Suton from BundesligaklubTBV Lemgo.

The German handball players are meanwhile, before the final main round match against Spain on Wednesday evening (20.30 clock in the F. A. Z.-Liveticker for the Handball world championship and in derARD) already qualified for the semifinals –but she still does not know against whom they play on Friday in Hamburg at all. Sure is only, that it is Norway, Denmark or Sweden. The thus actually meaningless game against European champion Spain will take advantage of national coach Christian Prokop to experiment a little and to conserve the forces of his regular players.

the game plan of the Handball world championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark

But could have a negative impact on the game rhythm? And the game may or may not have against the Spaniards, and also influence, on who host the world Cup meets after that? Yes, the game can have an influence. The DHB-selection is currently first in their main round group and would, therefore, in the semi-finals on the Second of the other group –the supposedly easier opponent. Prefer the German team would go to the Danes out of the way, probably the strongest rivals. Currently that would be the case, since the Danes lead their group. That remains after the final duel with Sweden on Wednesday, most likely.

Germany Loses but at the same time against Spain and France wins against Croatia at least a point, would fall back to the DHB-selection on the second place –and thus, likely to Denmark to meet. With a victory, the German team would move in, however, pretty sure as of the Table to the semi-finals, and against Sweden or Norway, when Denmark, as expected, also comes as the first to the semi-finals. (To the table of the two main round groups) In the case of a tie, the direct comparison decides on the placement. There was a draw, as is the case with Germany against France, decided by the goal difference. This is also equal to the more goals scored.