One month before the start of the preparation for the World Cup, Anthony Jelonch, seriously injured in the knee during the Tournament, seems on track to be restored in time.
Launched in a terrible time trial since his serious knee injury on February 26, during the match against Scotland, Anthony Jelonch impresses. So much so that the prospect of seeing him restored in time to play the World Cup, which will begin on September 9 against New Zealand, is gaining momentum. Evidenced by the words of Fabien Galthié, Tuesday, at a press conference.
Asked about the subject, the tricolor coach has indeed maintained the optimism displayed by those around him since his injury. “He weighs 106 kilos at the moment. I said to him: “You are strong! because I found it more solid than usual (laughs). He is following a rehabilitation program which is appropriate. Everything is fine “he confided, adding: “He is one of those exceptional players who has an extraordinary capacity for recovery. The surgeon does not understand what is happening with Anthony Jelonch. I also have a thought for the players who are in the recovery phase, those who are still injured, perhaps less spectacularly than Anthony, whose context we all remember. We support all players. »
Anthony Jelonch’s ability to thwart defeatist predictions will not surprise his father. “Everyone says the World Cup is already over for him, we’ll see, he confided to the Parisian after his son’s injury. Anthony has spirit and he is surrounded by his family. He is the son of a farmer, he has experienced hard times, like those hailstorms that destroy a good harvest in a few minutes. We always got up. »
I will be ready on August 15
Same story in the mouth of his friend Gauthier Doubrère. “It’s an injury that comes at the wrong time, but he may have the chance to come back before the World Cup and I think he will do everything for it,” he told Actu.fr. Anthony had already missed the 2019 World Cup in Japan due to an injury and missed another like that, when he was the French number 1 in his position… It would be very hard. We’ll see how he comes back, but I believe in him and I believe in him…”
And the person concerned showed the same optimism. “I have already discussed it with Julien Marchand, Dorian Aldegheri or Antoine Dupont (who had all suffered from a similar injury). They all came back to the top. I trust. I repeat, I will be ready on August 15th. It’s in my head! “, he said at the end of winter, specifying: “We will have to validate the stages one after the other. It will be felt. I will listen to the specialists, but also to my body. Every time I get a green light, I’ll give it my all to validate the next step. ”