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FEATURE: THW Kiel are extremely happy about the comeback of their left back and hope for another rise in form against Barcelona.

Dissinger wants to return as strong as before

It was the EHF EURO 2016 main round match of Germany against Russia, which was a shock for THW Kiel. The German win on their way to become European champions was paid by a high price: Two severe injuries of THW players - Steffen Weinhold is set to miss the rest of the season and Christian Dissinger did not only miss the rest of the EHF EURO, but was out for some weeks afterwards, too.

When Kiel faced MOL-Pick Szeged in the first leg of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16, the tall left back was back on court – and he turned into a decisive figure in both legs.

"It was impressive and nearly incredible how strong Christian returned after this severe adductor injury," Kiel’s left wing Rune Dahmke said after the comeback of his teammate in Kiel and also in the national team.

"Christian trained so hard and fought for his comeback, so he truly deserves to be back on court," coach Alfred Gislason added.

A special reward for his quick comeback and strong performances on club level was the nomination of head coach Dagur Sigurdsson for Germany’s test matches against Denmark and Austria this weekend.

Against Szeged, Dissinger scored an overall of nine goals in both legs. "I feel healthy, but I still need some time to be back on the level I had right before and during the EHF EURO. But I am very optimistic to show my abilities in the quarter-finals against FC Barcelona," said Dissinger.

His personal memories against the Catalans are highly negative: In 2011, right after he became junior world champion and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament, he transferred to Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen.

His first VELUX EHF Champions League match was against FC Barcelona Lassa – and after some minutes he tore his cruciate ligament for the first time in his career.

But all bad times – a second rupture of the ACL and the demise of his new club BM Atletico Madrid – came to an end, when he transferred to Kiel last summer.

After some month he needed to integrate, Dissinger became one of Gislason’s key players on court.

Then his bad luck returned with the injury at Wroclaw – but now he is back. "We are happy that Christian is on the rise again," says manager Thorsten Storm, adding: "We need him as crunch time in all competitions is just ahead. And we all hope that he will be on his top level again for the matches against Barcelona."

UPDATE: THW Kiel reported on Thursday afternoon that Christian Dissinger's season is over after a meniscus injury while on national team duty.

TEXT: Björn Pazen / es