Nikola Karabatic is considered one of the greatest handball players of all time, and holds the record for the number of times he has been named the world's best player: Three (2007, 2014 and 2016).

Now, however, the 36-year-old has suffered a serious injury.

He was forced to step down from Saturday's league match with his PSG, and received the verdict today: A fracture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Olympics also in danger?

PSG writes on its website that Karabatic will be operated on "shortly", and that he will be gone for "several months".

The World Cup in Egypt (if it happens) in January can thus be counted out, just like the final game in the Champions League at the end of December. The French newspaper L'Equipe writes that it is also doubtful whether Karabatic will be in shape for the Olympics next summer.