After eleven days of preparations and two Croatia Cup matches against Russia, the Croatia handball team traveled to Hungary for the European Championship, reports HRS.
Luka Šebetić’s injury, the positive COVID-19 tests for captain Domagoj Duvnjak and Luka Cindrić, and the minor injury of Marko Mamić, largely disrupted preparations in Osijek. As the situation with Duvnjak and Cindrić was quite uncertain, Tin Lučin later joined the national team.
The new temporary captain of the national team is Ivan Čupić.
On Tuesday, the epidemiologist gave the green light to Domagoj Duvnjak, but Luka Cindrić is still positive and will remain in isolation in Osijek until further notice. Unfortunately, COVID-19 left a mark on captain Duvnjak and he will continue his therapy in Croatia and join the national team later. Therefore, coach Hrvoje Horvat decided to take all 19 players he had at his disposal during the preparations to Hungary. Seventeen were on the bus to Szeged on Tuesday.
Those who test positive must have two negative tests in 24 hours before they can start training or playing. Croatia will face France on Thursday, then Serbia on January 15, and finally, Ukraine on January 17. Only the top two teams from each of the six groups advance.
Depending on the condition of Domagoj Duvnjak and Luka Cindrić, coach Horvat can invite another player later.
Euro 2022 Croatia handball player list
IVAN PEŠIĆ – TVB 1898 STUTTGART
MATE ŠUNJIĆ – US IVRY HANDBALL
MATEJ MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
DAVID MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
LOVRO MIHIĆ – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
IVAN ĆUPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
FILIP GLAVAŠ – HC TRIMO TREBNJE
MARIN ŠIPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
LEON ŠUŠNJA – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
ŠIME IVIĆ – SC DHfK LEIPZIG
IVAN MARTINOVIĆ – TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF
LUKA CINDRIĆ – BARCA
DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK – THW KIEL
MARKO MAMIĆ – SC DHfK LEIPZIG
ZVONIMIR SRNA – RK PPD ZAGREB
HALIL JAGANJAC – RK NEXE
ANTE GADŽA – HC VARDAR 1961
NIKOLA GRAHOVAC – RK PPD ZAGREB
TIN LUČIN – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
HRVOJE HORVAT, COACH
IVANO BALIĆ, TRAINER
NINOSLAV PAVELIĆ, GOALKEEPER TRAINER
MILJENKO RAK , CONDITIONING TRAINER
GORAN KRUŠELJ, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
MATIJA RAJNOVIĆ, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
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