Macedonian handball champion Vardar will have to manage to stay on the top of their game without one of the key defense players Alexey Rastvorcev. The Russian veteran, has to pause for five months after injuring his shoulder in the first derby match against Metalurg in the EHF Velux Champions League. Medical examinations showed that Rastvorcev will have to go to surgery, followed by rehabilitation process which will take a long time.

“We lost Rastvorcev for a long period, about 4-5 months. He will have to undergo surgery, a shoulder injury as a result of a tackle in the last match. But now is no time for sorrow, will try with Mite Stoilov to make up for his absence in defense and in attack we have more options. I believe Filip Lazarov, who plays in good shape, can play at the same level as Rastvorcev “

-noted Vardar’s coach, Andon Boškovski at the press – conference ahead of the second match against Metalurg in the Champions League.