Zapping world fifteen RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: The dream XV of the newsroom
Matthieu Jalibert is waiting for you! It has been since mid-January that the first half has not played for Union Bordeaux-Bègles. Today, the UBB star has the green light to return to the pitch. But this return will only take place on the weekend of April 24, which means that Matthieu Jalibert will miss the second leg of the round of 16 against Stade Rochelais.
His injury also deprived Jalibert of another important match: the 6 Nations Tournament, this wonderful experience for the Blues, who won the Grand Slam. Being deprived of these emotions was very frustrating for the opener:
“I trusted the club doctor. Despite some embarrassments, we followed a protocol that was not really correct. In the end, every time, I relapsed into very innocuous things, like the warm-up last time. I was frustrated, sad too “When you’re injured, you ask yourself a lot of questions, you’re a bit lonely. Not to mention the many games I missed with my club and the French team. It’s very irritating. (…) I’ve had six recurrences! Four in the left femoral and two in the right femoral. You may be wondering (…) The doctor failed in his task. I have resentment. He admitted, apologized, but the damage is already done. I missed big deadlines, it is very difficult to live, to accept”.
More than frustration, one could almost feel anger in the words of the first half, who also experienced that tear of falling back when the squad had called him and counted on him. A hard blow that required a distance:
“The hardest thing was my relapse in the warm-up against Pau at the beginning of March when the Blues squad told me that if I played again they would take me to the end of the adventure against Wales and England. It’s over. I took a good blow to morale. That is why I went to Guadeloupe for a few days to work with a physiotherapist and above all to be away from all that. Christophe (Urios) got it right. He was very pissed off. . He was sick of it…to be polite. He needed to escape, clear my mind. I took a step back, I cut myself.”
Today, this dark period seems to be behind him for Matthieu Jalibert. Regarding the XV of France, which is not his priority today, he knows that Romain Ntamack has settled in the 10, and that could not be more logical. The whole of France, Matthieu Jalibert wants to find him, but all at his time:
“Today I don’t see myself with the French national team. First of all, I want to return to 100%. To be well in my body, to find my orientation, my level. But let’s be clear: my frustration n “I was not linked to the national team of France, but to my recidivism. Nobody is irreplaceable. I am part of the group and if I play again, I will return. It’s part of the game. There are injuries, guys settling in, it’s up to me to come back. I want to find the Blues again.”
To sum up
After several months without playing and having to treat his injury and all his relapses, Matthieu Jalibert can finally return to the courts. The initial medium relied on that period of absence that made him miss very important appointments.