By dint of work and self-sacrifice, the three-quarter center of the France team came out reinforced by two years of injury. This Wednesday at 9:45 he will hold against the United States.
For a long time he got up early with the same pain. A tenacious evil, to follow you all day, to put you in danger a career. "In the morning, I already knew that I was going to have a bad day. " Sofiane Guitoune now prefers to smile. A question of naturalness, but also because he left behind two long years of convalescence. Better: the three-quarter center is currently fighting the World Cup in Japan. First tenure scheduled against the United States, Wednesday, October 2, in Fukuoka, after living the victory over Argentina (23-21), ten days earlier, in the tracksuit of the reservist.
It is already miraculous enough to write it, considering its pubalgie. Between 2016 and 2018, barely seven league titles in France with Toulouse, his new club. "Already, when I got up, it hurt my abs, when everyone needed it and used it all the time, even without realizing it. " When getting out of bed, avoidance strategy: "I had to find new techniques, swing my legs first. " In training too: "Even when I could train, it hurt, I had to adapt my rugby. Everyone told me that I was running in a duck, legs apart so as not to have too much use of adductors. I could not put myself in the axis, so I had to try to "cheat" with other muscles. "
Hard times to understand at once, and a future even more complicated to consider: "I was approaching my thirties, recalls the interested. So you've been playing rugby since the age of 5, you've been a professional since you were 18, you think you may have shot too much, it's time to move on … "
"A stupid and disciplined job"
The pain finally left him as "Overnight"without the convalescent understanding much. "Frankly, I can not give an explanation, I continued to follow all my protocols. A stupid and disciplined work. " And the beginning of a new career, now 30 years old:
"Already, just not to have these pain in the morning, or not having to take anti-inflammatory in the evening before going to bed, these are all little things that do not eat me anymore. "