French national teamer Kevin Le Roux has left his club side Dinamo Moscow to return home to France and undergo treatment on his back. He missed the team’s last 5 matches with the injury after joining the team as one of their biggest additions this summer from Italian side Modena.
“This morning we sent Kevin Le Roux to France for a course of treatment from his doctor and to return to the team in a better physical condition,” Vladimir Kastornov told state-run rsport. “We took a certain risk, but the player asked for it himself, and we, weighing the pros and cons , did not find a reason to not let him go.The player is ocassionally worried about the problem with his back, which he has since childhood.”
The 28-year old, 6’10” middle blocker was rated as the best middle blocker of the 2017 FIVB World League where he helped lead France to a breakthrough title run – their first big national team event after a disappointing Olympic run a year earlier. Le Roux had 14 blocks in the World League and 48 total points, in spite of missing several games with an ankle injury. He had a big effort in the gold medal game with 11 points (3 blocks, 2 aces, 6 kills).
He’s one of several injuries that have plagued the 7-time champions of Russia. The team finished runners-up last year, but separated from head coach Yuri Marichev earlier this week after a run of injuries that led the club to think that maybe there was overtraining or overload on the players. Marichev was replaced by Boris Kolchin.