The coach of the French women’s handball team Olivier Krumbholz on Tuesday convened a group of 16 players for the next two qualifying matches for Euro-2024, which does not include goalkeeper Cléopâtre Darleux, who has just returned to the competition after 13 months without playing.

Krumbholz chose not to call up, against Italy on April 3 in Chieti and Latvia four days later in Saint-Chamond (Loire), for a third goalkeeper in the absence of Camille Sinceet, injured, to support the Laura pair Glauser-Hatadou Sakou holder during the world title in December.

However, he “will allow himself the right to recall four players” in view of the friendly against Romania on April 14 in Clermont-Ferrand, the final meeting before the start of preparation for the Olympics, according to the Federation’s press release on Tuesday. .

Darleux, 34, Olympic champion in 2021 with Les Bleues, played again on Friday with her club Brest after almost 13 months without playing due to a concussion.

Krumbholz renewed the group which acquired its qualification for Euro-2024 at the end of February and beginning of March against Slovenia, with the exception of goalkeeper Floriane André and left-back Déborah Lassource.

As during this international window and at the World Cup in December, he chose to do without the pivot Béatrice Edwige and Allison Pineau, Olympic champions in Tokyo in 2021.

The group of 16 selected against Italy and Latvia:

Goalkeepers: Laura Glauser (CSM Bucharest/ROM), Hatadou SAKO (Metz) Left wingers: Coralie Lassource (Brest), Chloé Valentini (Metz) Left backs: Orlane Kanor (Rapid Bucharest/ROM), Estelle Nze Minko (cap, Györ/ HUN) Center halves: Tamara Horacek (Nantes), Méline Nocandy (Paris 92), Grace Zaadi Deuna (CSM Bucharest/ROM) Pivots: Sarah Bouktit (Metz), Pauletta Foppa (Brest), Oriane Ondono (Nantes) Right backs: Laura Flippes (CSM Bucharest/ROM), Léna Grandveau (Nantes)Right wingers: Lucie Granier (Metz), Alicia Toublanc (Brest)