One more problem for Lyon


By: Manu Tournoux

Pierre Sage, the coach of Olympique Lyonnais, must do without several elements for the trip to Lorient, this Saturday from 5 p.m.

Without their captain Alexandre Lacazette, OL were beaten last Sunday at home by Racing club de Lens (0-3 – 24th day of Ligue 1). A brutal stop for Pierre Sage’s players who had four consecutive victories in the Championship.

This Saturday in Lorient, as part of the 25th daythe Gones center forward will still be missing, still hampered by a crutch received against Strasbourg in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France on February 28 (0-0 – 4 tab to 3).

Three returns

The Lyon coach will also be without midfielder Orel Mangala (suffering), right back Ainsley Maitland Niles (suspended) and winger Ernest Nuamah. The young Ghanaian is the victim, a priori, of a physical problem. On the other hand, OL recorded the returns of Mahamadou Diawara, Saël Kumbedi and Paul Akouokou.

In Lorient, this meeting will be an opportunity to continue positively, six days after a success obtained in Rennes during this Breton derby (1-2). Régis le Bris, the Merlus coach, will be able to count on his new scorer, the Ivorian Mohamed Bambaspared at the start of the week for shoulder pain.

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