Nora Mork’s injury was a point of uncertainty ahead of last month’s European Handball Championship. She herself did not say anything in public. Now Mork is sending positive signals nine days before the tournament.
I feel the injury is under control. I’m approaching 100 percent, the 31-year-old tells VG
Nora Mork has been suffering from an injury to the back of her thigh since the beginning of September. But he was knocked out only after a few minutes on the field against Switzerland on September 29.
After two weeks – one without training and one with handball training – she barely returned to play for Esbjerg in Denmark. But Mork had very limited playing time. She did not score any goals in her two matches.
– I did what I was told to do. You have done well in the last training sessions. I will play for the national team on Thursday and at the weekend. She says it is up to Thorir (Hergeirsson) to decide how much to play.
Mørk is the definition of a key player in the Norwegian team. Without her, he was “only” fifth at EC 2018 and fourth at WC the following year. The Oslo girl then underwent four surgeries after injuring her cruciate ligament. In total, she underwent ten surgeries on both her knees.
It wasn’t very difficult, but maybe I’m not good at taking such small things seriously enough. I used to gnash my teeth, but now I’m told to. I didn’t feel too stressed. When a lot of people hear the darkness and the damage…but this wasn’t a crisis, she said.
With Mørk fully back, Norway won the WC and European Commission championships. In addition to bronze in the Olympics. Additionally, she has played a major role in the Snakes’ Champions League titles in the past two seasons.
Mork felt injured, but was impacted against Storhammar in September.
– If she says she needs another week, we’ll take it, national team manager Thorer Hergersson gave a clear message in the European Commission’s selection earlier in October.
He’s not worried if Nora Mork doesn’t play all of her warm-up matches at Stavanger in the next few days.
– If she is ready for a match in the Intersport Cup, it will be positive. Nora settles quickly into our game. So it’s not something we stress about. EC games are clearly the most important, Hergeirsson tells VG.
The Handball Girls are preparing for the European Commission with three matches in the next four days. The Netherlands (Thursday), Denmark (Saturday) and Brazil (Sunday) are on the list.
The European Union opens to Croatia in Ljubljana on Friday 4 October.
– The goal is to come back fully in that match. We’re very positive about that, says Nora Mork.
Norway will be missing four key players in Slovenia.
– It’s of course a challenge. We will do our best to get you the best possible placement. That’s our focus, Nora Mork answers.
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