Mem injured two weeks before the Olympics – misses preparations

The French national team star Dika Mem has injured his left thumb. The Champions League winner now looks set to miss the national team’s preparations for this summer’s Olympics. Kentin Mahe has been called up as a replacement for the training matches.

Earlier this year, Dika Mem was named Europe’s best right winger and is one of France’s key players heading into the Olympics. Now, with just over two weeks left until the Olympics premiere, the global star has sustained an injury.

The French Handball Federation reported that the star injured his left thumb during Tuesday’s training session.

– Examinations conducted last night at the Bagnolet hospital revealed no fractures, but indicated the need for several days of immobilization, said team doctor Dr. Emmanuel Bidet.

Now, Kentin Mahe, who was not previously part of the Olympic squad, has been brought in and will participate in the national team’s two training matches.

France will play their first match on July 27 against Denmark.

France’s Olympic squad:
Rémi Desbonnet, Montpellier HB
Vincent Gérard, Istres Provence HB
Left Wingers:
Hugo Descat, Telekom Veszprem
Dylan Nahí, Industria Kielce
Left Backs:
Nikola Karabatic, Paris Saint Germain Handball
Élohim Prandi, Paris Saint Germain Handball
Nedim Remili, Telekom Veszprèm
Centre Backs:
Ludovic Fabregas, Telekom Veszprèm
Luka Karabatic, Paris Saint Germain Handball
Karl Konan, Montpellier HB
Right Back:
Dika Mem, FC Barcelona
Melvyn Richardson, FC Barcelona
Right Wingers:
Yanis Lenne, Montpellier HB
Valentin Porte, Montpellier HB
Samir Bellahcene, THW Kiel
Nicolas Tournat, HBC Nantes
Aymeric Minne, HBC Nantes