European eSports Organization, Fnatic, Updates on Player's Injury
European esports organization, Fnatic, has updated on the status of their top laner Óscar ‘Oscarinin’ Muñoz's injury as they continue their preparations for their pivotal LEC Finals match slated for the weekend.
Oscarinin's Injury and LEC Finals
In an announcement via Twitter, the organization stated that Oscarinin will not partake in the upcoming LEC Finals in Montpellier due to ongoing recovery from a hand injury. The Spanish top laner had played despite his injury in a crucial elimination match against EXCEL on 27th August, culminating in a surgical procedure on his hand.
Stand-In Player: Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen
In the meantime, benched player Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen will continue to stand in for Oscarinin in the top lane. The celebrated 2019 MSI champion played his first competitive match after a seven-month hiatus on 2nd September, assisting Fnatic to a 3-2 victory over Team BDS with minimum practice time to regain form or acquaint with the meta.
Fnatic's Positioning and Expectations
Their victory not only secured a spot for Fnatic in Montpellier's finals but also a place in the Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage. The win managed to salvage what was turning into a difficult season for the team after ranking ninth in the Winter Split and eighth in the Spring.
The upcoming showdown offers Fnatic a chance to make their first LEC final since the summer of 2021. Back then, they lost the title to MAD Lions, interestingly their opponents this Saturday in the lower bracket final at the Sud de France Arena. The victors of this series will proceed to face-off with G2 Esports in the tournament's deciding match on Sunday.
Oscarinin's Expected Return
While there's no set timeline for Oscarinin’s return, his comeback is expected in time for the Worlds Swiss Stage slated five weeks from now. As these preparations are underway, it is anticipated that the Spanish player will have fully recovered and ready to feature in the event in South Korea.