The Blues face Iceland on Saturday in the second game of the main round of the European Championships.
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The lottery continues. The French federation announced on Friday 21 January that it was Blues coach Guillaume Gill’s turn to test positive for Covid-19 as Covid cases doubled at the 2022 European Handball Championships in Hungary and Slovakia.
The results of the tests following Thursday morning’s victory over the Netherlands (34-24) were announced on Friday morning. He is the second member of the infected group after Karl Konan, who tested positive on Tuesday, January 18.
Guillaume Gilles has tested positive for COVID-19. Erick Mathé will serve as a temporary replacement for the BLUE bench for the upcoming game. pic.twitter.com/JlC7OyPHZu
– French handball team (@FRAHandball) January 21, 2022
Guillaume Gil will be quarantined for at least five days under the health protocols in force during the Euros. He will miss at least the next two main matches against Iceland on Saturday and Montenegro on Monday. The coach clarified in a news video conference that he is not showing symptoms. He had to show a negative test to get out of isolation.
In his absence, assistant coach Eric Matt will replace him as head coach for the next two games. “We have been in a permanent adaptation period since the start of the Euros, so I will accompany Eric to make the decision function, explains Guillaume Gille. When you find yourself far away from the team, it is quite logical that it is necessary to pass the torch. “
The French team has been seriously affected by the epidemic during the preparation for the war. Cases have dangerously multiplied since the euro started. On Thursday morning, Dutch outlet Handball World News listed 99 players who have been infected since January 1. Iceland, for example, will lose five players against the Blues on Saturday.