Before the DHB Cup quarter-finals at the Rhein-Neckar Löwen, THW Kiel is clearly feeling the aftermath of the European Championship.
On Friday it was still unclear how many of the ten professionals assigned for the tournament in Slovakia and Hungary could be used by the record champions in Sunday’s duel in Heidelberg (6:00 p.m.). The Kielers are fighting to be part of the final Four in Hamburg for the time being.
“We don’t yet know exactly what to expect,” said THW Managing Director Viktor Szilagyi: “But one thing is already clear: we won’t be able to compete with our strongest team in the lions.”
Six cases of Corona in Kiel had become known in connection with the EM. Sweden’s gold goalscorer Niclas Ekberg and German national player Patrick Wiencek, both of whom tested positive during the tournament, are likely to be available, as is captain Domagoj Duvnjak, who was recently plagued by back problems.
The duel between defending champion TBV Lemgo Lippe and MT Melsungen, which was also scheduled for Sunday, has meanwhile been cancelled. Six professionals from the guests had been determined to be unfit for competition in connection with Corona.