MT Melsungen goalkeeper Johan Sjöstrand will be out for up to a month after suffering a hand injury during Saturday’s win against the HSG Wetzlar. The 29-year old Swede landed awkwardly on his right hand, but continued to play on. After a swelling his wrist was checked on Monday and the results showed a hairline crack, which won’t require surgery. However, he will miss the upcoming games at the Rhein-Neckar Löwen on Thursday and at home against SC Magdeburg (17th of March) for sure.
Sjöstrand is quite lucky, though, as the national team break follows those games and Melsungen will be back in league action in the middle of April, hosting Balingen in the 17th. The Swede currently features the highest save percentage of all goalkeepers in the DKB Handball-Bundesliga and has been a cornerstone of his team’s success so far this season. The MT is sitting in fourth place at the moment, seven points clear of both the Füchse Berlin and Hessian rival Wetzlar.