The German table tennis star Timo Boll can obviously hope for his comeback almost exactly two months to the day after his tragic exit in the World Cup semifinals in Houston.
The European champion has recovered from the torn abdominal muscle he suffered during the title fights in Texas to such an extent that Boll’s club Borussia Düsseldorf announced that the world number tenth in the Bundesliga home game on Sunday (3:00 p.m.) against TTC Fulda-Maberzell was “very possible”. .
Boll himself is a bit more reluctant to hope for his return to the pits. “I’ll still have to complete training sessions until Sunday, and then we’ll decide relatively spontaneously whether my commitment makes sense or is perhaps still too early,” said the 40-year-old.
Without a doubt, the now seven-week break has taken its toll on the left-hander’s patience. “I was surprised myself at first that it was taking so long, but at 40 my healing flesh may not be as good as it was at 20. But such a story is not without problems, because if I started too early, everything could break again “Boll said to the “SID” on the sidelines of the cup final at the beginning of the year in Neu-Ulm.
Full schedule for table tennis ace Boll
Record champion Düsseldorf, the latest progress in the recovery of his top player is just right. On February 20, the Rhinelanders play the semi-final first leg in the Champions League against cup winners 1. FC Saarbrücken, before the second leg of the repeat of last season’s premier class final is decided on March 3 in Düsseldorf.
With the national team, the Team World Cup in Chengdu, China, is scheduled for Boll from mid-April before the playoff round begins in the Bundesliga.
His value for Borussia became clear in the cup final: Without Boll, champions Düsseldorf missed the successful cup defense against Saarbrücken with a 1:3. In the Champions League, on the other hand, the treble winner of 2021 then prevailed in the quarter-finals against the Polish representative KS Dzialdowo despite the absence of the record champion of the European Championship.