Herning (Denmark) (AFP)
Watch out for Nora Mork!
After two big injuries in 2018 and 2019, the Norwegian right-back is making an incredible comeback to the fore at Euro-2020 and will be one of the main dangers for the French women on Sunday (6 p.m.) in the final.
Two ruptures of the cruciate ligaments of the left knee, passages on the operating table that have been close to ten since the start of her career: at 29 years old, Nora Mork has a medical record worthy of the alpine skiers of her country, like Aksel Lund Svindal , accustomed to operations after his falls.
Between February 2018 and August 2020, the left-hander almost spent more time in the hospital than on the handball courts.
With Györ in Hungary, in February 2018 she suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee during a Champions League match.
During her rehabilitation, she felt pain and had to undergo another operation at the end of September 2018. Back in May 2019 after more than fourteen months of absence, she again injured her knee ligaments at the end of August 2019. left, in the Romanian Supercup final with Bucharest.
“Since I came back in August, I had in mind almost every day the fear of hurting myself again. But there is not much I can do about it. I try not to be afraid and to take advantage of it, "said the Kristiansand player on Saturday at a press conference, before the final against France.
- Top scorer in Euro-2020 -
"Her last months went well for me," she added, adding that with the Covid-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games for one year to the summer of 2021, she had took the time and hadn't rushed back.
“I have no more pain now and everything is fine,” she added.
Best right-back at the 2017 World Cup in Germany and top scorer, she was forced to watch Euro-2018 and the 2019 World Cup on TV.
But for her return with the selection in Denmark, she was hungry at Euro-2020.
Mork is a small player for her position (1.67m), but extremely toned.
She's formidable in one-on-one and the speed of her left arm takes its toll.
She was Imperial on the seven-yard throw line, with just four failures out of 32 attempts.
If we add the twenty goals scored in the game, she is practically guaranteed to finish the tournament as top scorer.
"I'm not surprised, but very impressed. Nora is a very special person from this point of view, she has always come back strong after injuries and she believes in herself. She is crucial in our game, always dangerous, ”said teammate Stine Oftedal.
"I was a little anxious, at first to know if I could find my place in the team. The coach trusted me after such a long period of injury," she remarked, while 'she was impatiently awaiting the call for her selection.
"It's good for our team that she's back. She's worked hard, she's been very strong in this difficult period. She's had a good tournament so far, but we still have to play the game the most. important. We hope she still has energy, "praised Norway manager Thorir Hergeirsson.
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