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Iceland star out of handball world cup

09.01.2019 - 15:43
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 Mynd: Tomasz Kolodziejski - RÚV
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson, national team handballer, is injured and trying to downplay speculation that he will be fit to play for Iceland during any of the games at the world cup that starts this week.

Guðjón Valur is one of Iceland’s star players, and one of the best wingers in the world, but recently injured his knee. It was a huge disappointment to handball fans and his teammates when it was confirmed yesterday that he will not be able to play at the tournament, is not in the squad, and will not even travel to Germany with the team. 

While each country is allowed to make up to three changes to its squad while the tournament is in progress, Guðjón Valur told Vísir today that he definitely will not travel to Germany to join his team. He says he is not holding on to any possibility of playing—otherwise he would have travelled with the team in the hope of being able to join in later, he said. 

“If I was fit to play, I would be there. But I am not. I fully trust the team, the coach, and the boys, Stebbi and Bjarki, in the wings to perform in style. I am not going to hang over them like some grey wolf, or ghost. I am not going to hope that somebody does badly so that it’s possible to call me in. It is simply not in my agenda.” 

The handball world cup, held in Denmark and Germany, starts tomorrow. Iceland play their first game on Friday, against Croatia. Coverage starts live on RÚV 1 at 16.50.