Julie Allemand is forced to forfeit the next two qualifying matches for Euro 2023 women’s basketball this week, the Belgian federation announced Monday at a press conference.
Belgium are due to play against North Macedonia on Thursday and against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in Leuven.
The Liège leader from Lyon is on the sidelines due to a sprain just before the resumption of the French championship and the FIBA Euro Cup. “She still feels a little from her ankle, but it was important that she still come to the rally even if we knew she was not going to play”, commented Rachid Meziane, the new coach of the Belgian Cats who gathered its players on Monday. “It is part of the identity and DNA of the Belgian Cats to have the executive players present, at the start of the training course for example. There is this duty to transmit to the young players the culture and the history of the Belgian national team”.
Julie Allemand will leave for Lyon on Wednesday evening to continue her revalidation.
On the other hand, Emma Meesseman, injured in the calf on September 26 during the World Cup, will be there. The 29-year-old Flanders interior returned to competition a month and a half after her injury, in the Turkish league on November 12, then playing another Euroleague meeting with her club Fenerbahce.
“She arrives in real good spirits and in very good shape,” said Rachid Meziane. “She has found a little rhythm and it is very reassuring for us when we know the importance of Emma in the device”.
In qualifying for Euro 2023, the Belgians have a defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina (87-81) and a victory against Germany (84-55), before the two duels in Louvain which will be led by Frenchman Rachid Méziane who ensures the function of interim coach after the dismissal of his compatriot Valery Demory on October 28th.