Professional handball player Timo Kastenin from MT Melsungen is in the spotlight

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As a spectator at the Hannover Winter Games: Timo Kastenin (left), right here with former footballer Leon Andreasen. © Florian Petrov

MT Melsungen handball professional Timo Kastenin is engaged on his comeback, however he is additionally transitioning into different roles.

Kassel – The German nationwide handball staff is now on everybody’s lips. Timo Kastenin, player of Bundesliga membership MT Melsungen, is additionally joyful that nationwide coach Alfred Gislason’s staff is efficiently acting at the World Cup held in Poland and Sweden. The nationwide right-winger, who is but to qualify for the match after recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament and is working his means again into MT, additionally says: “It’s onerous to be a spectator as a result of the staff is doing such an important job. .”

Casting observes occasions from a considerably distinctive place. For Sportdeutschland.television, he is a co-commentator for numerous World Cup video games. “I’m utilizing the time to check myself in this position and see if it will likely be one thing for me later,” explains the 27-year-old. It refers to the time after the finish of the handball profession.

The Melsunger skilled might be seen in different roles lately. Along with former world champions Pascal “Pommes” Hens and Michael “Mimi” Kraus, he is an everyday member of handball legend Stefan Kretzschmar’s on-line discuss present “Harzbluth”. “I like the characters,” Kastening says.

Before Christmas, he was at a winter ice hockey recreation in Hannover. But as he was ineligible for the charity match between Kinderherz Hannover and the Per-Mertesacker-Foundation, he might solely watch as an alternative, as did former Bundesliga skilled footballer Leon Andreasen. “I used to be a talisman for my teammates,” explains the handball player with a smile.

Since final week, he spends most of his time in MT coaching. Like fellow sufferers David Mandic and Domagoj Pavlovic, he is working onerous to get again on the subject. “It feels good,” famous the proper winger. However, greater than eight months after the cruciate ligament tear, he has but to finish the full program. If the staff warms up with a soccer recreation with out the World Cup individuals, who’re nonetheless absent, they may as a substitute work with athletics coach Florian Salter on particular workouts for the operated left knee.

He will get some ethical assist from his Melsungen teammate, Julius Kuhn, who suffered the identical damage a number of years in the past. “We speak about one thing. If it explodes, he tells me it is not unhealthy in any respect. Of course, it offers you peace of thoughts,” Kastening says.

It is not but clear if he’ll be capable of play once more for the begin of the remainder of the spherical on Sunday, February 12, at Bergishes HC. The left-hander explains: “Hopefully I might be there.” Perhaps he’ll play in two profit video games in opposition to league rivals ASV Hamm-Westphalia at Lochfelden on Saturday 4th February from 15:00 and on fifth February at 16:00. Used in opposition to TGR internet hosting in Rothenburg. (Bjorn Mahr)

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