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Sala in everybody's thoughts at La Beaujoire

Publish on 30/01/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Emiliano Sala will be on everybody's mind when Nantes return to Ligue 1 Conforama action at home to Saint-Etienne on Wednesday evening.

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Les Canaris and the entire football world have been in a state of shock since confirmation that the forward's plane, flying from Nantes to new club Cardiff, went missing on the evening of January 21.

It will be an emotionally charged occasion at La Beaujoire with the players scheduled to wear t-shirts bearing Sala's image for the warm-up, before playing in shirts with Sala's name on the back and sporting special green armbands. The club has also prepared photos and videos of the popular goalscorer's four years at the club. Fans will hold a giant tifo and sing songs in Sala's honour.

Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic said: "Some of the lads are deeply moved and some have even cried.  I'm trying to be part father, part brother, part colleague and coach to reassure, encourage and create even more unity in the squad."

Probable Teams:

Nantes: Dupé; Fabio, Diego Carlos, Girotto, Traoré; Rongier, Touré, Krhin; Boschilia, Coulibaly, Waris

Saint-Etienne: Ruffier; Perrin, Subotic, Kolodziejczak; Debuchy, Rocha, M'vila, Gabriel Silva; Cabella, Khazri; Diony