On the eve of the departure of the Blues for Malaga, where a double confrontation between France and Spain (men and women) will be held on Thursday, before a return match on Saturday at the AccorHotels Arena, coach Vincent Collet took stock of the latest news from the Blues.
As expected and announced since his elimination in the second round of the NBA play-offs with Utah by the LA Clippers (2-4), the French pivot of Jazz Rudy Gobert has benefited from a period of rest before returning to the selection. He will join it directly in Spain. “But he probably shouldn’t play the first test on Thursday night”, Vincent Collet immediately clarified. The staff want to give the player time to make his recovery with the group before considering sending him to the fire. His presence on the floor on Saturday is an option, but also remains uncertain at this time.
Batum, meet in Paris
Eliminated in the Conference final with the LA Clippers by Phoenix, Nicolas Batum is expected in France on Wednesday, said the coach, who confirmed the winger’s absence in Spain. The captain of the Blues during the last campaign, the World Cup in China in 2019, will meet his teammates in Paris on Friday. But it is highly unlikely that we will see him on the pitch on Saturday. The impossibility of aligning Gobert and Batum in Malaga pushed the staff of the Blues to take Paul Lacombe and Isaïa Cordinier on the plane.
Heurtel, verdict on Friday
The latter is also the announced replacement of Thomas Heurtel, if ever the future leader of Real Madrid does not get the medical green light from his new employer for the Olympic Games. Returned to selection after having spent his medical visit in Madrid, Heurtel, in whom a medical alert (a pain in a foot) had been detected during tests at Insep, has still not trained with the Blues, confirmed the breeder. “He left us again this morning, Collet explained. His participation in the Games is conditioned by the test that he will take in Spain on July 9. Our priority is to get by with the current group. It is Isaiah Cordinier who would take her place numerically if Thomas could not finally come. Nando De Colo would then be more often shifted to the position of leader. “
Italy, fourth opponent
France, which only plays four preparation matches ahead of the Games, did not know the identity of its fourth opponent. It will be Italy, winner of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Belgrade at the expense of Serbia. After the two France – Spain, France will take the road to Oshino, Japan, on July 14. She will meet the host country there on the 18th, then Italy on the 20th. Her entry into the competition is scheduled for the 25th with the clash against the United States.