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Steve Mandanda: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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Written by Marc Pagnier Published Jun 24, 2014 Marc Pagnier

Rédacteur en Chef des titres en anglais, français et chinois.

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Despite his withdrawal from the France squad for the Brazil World Cup due to a neck injury, Steve Mandanda supports “les Bleus” with all his heart. 

On 18 May, the goalkeeper of Olympique de Marseille (OM) said on his Twitter account, “It is with sadness that I announce that unfortunately I will not be able to hold my spot in the World Cup squad.” A very bad news for the Marseille’s supporters as Mandanda is one of the two OM players selected for the World Cup squad, the other one is attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

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Steve Mandanda was injured.

Mandanda suffered a neck injury in a match against Guingamp after his head collided with the knee of Guingamp’s striker and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Christophe Baudot, OM doctor, later confirmed his injury, “Steve Mandanda suffers a neck sprain and a crack in the first cervical vertebra. He will need to carry a neck brace for three weeks and undergo rehabilitation for a similar period of time.”

One month after his injury, Mandanda is recovering well both physically and psychologically. OM supporters and the national team players all show their support to him. OM employees also pictured themselves with a banner saying “We are all with our captain” on the ground just outside the OM office.

While Mandanda will not be on the ground, his heart is definitely with the team in the upcoming matches.

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Steve Mandanda at Olympique de Marseille.


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