After it rains, the sun shines. Also for Elena Dhont. The red flame recovered from a patella fracture after a year and a half and was included in the broad selection (33 players) of the European Championship this afternoon. She is also trying to win the title at Club Twente.
Elena Don was hit by a disaster during the PSV-Twente match in November 2020. The red flame broke her patella and she faced months of rehabilitation.
Dhont has recently regained physical condition and can fill out regularly at her club Twente. Rewards for her work continued this afternoon when national coach Ives Selneil’s included her in the broad core of the European Championship in England this summer.
“I already knew last week that I was in the selection,” says Dont. “It’s great to be there again.”
“I was in contact with the national coach every month during the rehab. He was always confident and got a lot of support from it. It wasn’t always easy for me.” Fortunately, I have fully recovered and can concentrate on soccer.
The friendly match against England will continue on June 16th. After that, 23 players will be finalized. “I hope I can show myself and they can’t go around me like this,” Dhont said. “I want to show that I’m physically ready again.”
During rehab, I sometimes thought it was better to look for a normal job.
Friday champion with Twente?
The better news is that Dont is almost certain to win the Dutch title at her club Twente. On the final day of the tournament, they still have to go to No. 2 Ajax, but the title shouldn’t leave them anymore.
“We are trying to strengthen the title by winning Ajax. It’s also great to receive scales in their field.”
“I still feel the difference from the Belgian tournament. I played in AA Ghent, but I realized that there is a better framework in the Netherlands. The physical aspect is also more important here.”
“Belgian football can still take a step forward and hopefully this summer the red flames will set a good example,” Don’t conclude.