– Hard blow for Jovan Djokic, probably for several months
The Chênois winger dislocated an ankle in training. He will live the matches against Israel in the stands of Sous-Moulin and will miss the resumption of LNA in October.
The blow is hard. A block, a bad landing and the ankle twisting on landing: this is how Jovan Djokic’s last training session ended on Thursday, on an internship at Schönenwerd with the Swiss team. It was only in the hospital that the dislocated foot of the Geneva winger could be put back in place.
Even if the seriousness of his injury is not yet proven, the captain knows the immediate and future consequences. He will not play the two preparation matches against Israel this weekend at Sous-Moulin, he will have to draw a line under the next qualifications for the Euro Volleyball and wait several months before being able to play with his teammates from Chênois.
At the end of the line, the volleyball player, back in Switzerland after a season spent in the jersey of Powervolley Milano, made up against bad luck with a good heart. “It’s the law of sport,” he said. I have already sprained my ankle several times, but now it has completely turned. 90 degrees inside! At the time, it didn’t hurt me too much, but I preferred not to watch.”
He recounts his misadventure without pathos. The ambulance, the narcosis, the impossibility of restoring his ankle on the spot. “It seems that during the transfer to the hospital in Aarau, I was joking. I wanted to pay the aperitif to the paramedics!”
“Operation or not, I’ll know more soon. Afterwards, I will do everything to get back into play as soon as possible.
Back on his feet and on crutches, repatriated to St-Sulpice with his parents, Jovan Djokic is a little less serene when he talks about the rest, the MRI to which he will undergo Monday in Geneva and the diagnosis of Dr. Assal. “The doctor who treated me in Aarau suspected a bone tearing and probably a rupture of the ligaments. Operation or not, I’ll know more soon. Afterwards, I will do everything to get back into play as soon as possible.
Marco Campéri, the new coach of Chênois – and former assistant coach in Milan – gave him his support. “He told me he was counting on me for the second part of the season. The team will be able to rely on the Brazilian Felipi Rammé and the young Eaton and Abramov. It’s bad, but that’s how it is.”
In the meantime, Jovan Djokic will not make a completely false link with his national team teammates. Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (5 p.m.), he will be seated in the stands of Sous-Moulin to encourage them.
Pascal Bornand follows local sport as a correspondent in Geneva. A sports journalist for forty years, a specialist in athletics and cycling, he has covered many major events (Olympic Games, Football World Cup, Tour de France) and received the Nicolas Bouvier Prize in 2016.More informations
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