Estavana Polman misses the European Handball Championship in December. The 27-year-old Gelderlandse has torn a cruciate ligament in her right knee and has been out for months.
Polman sustained the injury on Thursday during a joint training of her club Team Esbjerg and Odense HC. She immediately had a scan made in the hospital, which caused a major damper.
"I immediately felt that it was serious. There is nothing I can do about this, this is the risk of playing handball. I now hope to have surgery as soon as possible and then work hard during my rehabilitation. Shit happens", says Polman Saturday on the website of Team Esbjerg.
Polman won the world title with the Netherlands last year. She was voted best player of the tournament and earlier this week also received a nomination for world players of the year from the international association IHF.