French libero Jenia Grebennikov recovered from an injury during the final Pool D game against Belgium
Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 10, 2014 - After an injury that brought some worries into a confident France team, libero Jenia Grebennikov proved to be a tough player as he’s ready to be back in court with Les Bleus for FIVB Men’s World Championship second round in Poland.
Grebennikov seriously sprained his right hand fifth finger after a defensive play against Belgium, on the final Pool D game in Krakow. He had to leave court immediately in the fifth set, replaced by Earvin Ngapeth as an improvised French libero.
However, X-ray discarded any bone injury and Grebennikov himself calmed the fans on Monday: “We’ll see if I can play and if it isn’t too painful. There is nothing broken, but the ligament has been severely injured. Anyway, normally this should be fine with a good strap.”
The next day, Grebennikov fully joined the training session in Bydgoszcz, using tape to strap both fourth and fifth fingers in his right hand. French digger performed in passing and defence without showing any problem in the damaged area.
After the final training before the game against Argentina, seems that the French squad will be at full power then, in order to keep their good run in Poland.