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Balotelli back, Thauvin out

Publish on 28/04/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Olympique de Marseille can count on the return of Mario Balotelli as they take on Nates on Sunday evening, but top scorer Florian Thauvin is out injured.

Suspended for the 3-1 win at Guingamp last week, Balotelli would have missed the game in any case because of a thigh injury. The seven-goal man is fit again but Thauvin, the scorer of 13 goals, is out. A club statement read: "During the final training session, Florian Thauvin got a knock to one of his ankles - one that was already painful - and he'll miss the Nantes game."

OM coach Rudi Garcia said in his pre-match press conference: 'It will be difficult to choose the starting eleven on Sunday. I have a lot of choices to make. Removing ocampos from the team after he scored last match, not playing Balotelli even though he scores a lot, not playing Germaon even though he's just scored two goals playing alone upfront in a 4-2-3-1…

"It's difficult to remove Thauvin or Payet from the team as they both had an assist in the last match. I also liked Nemanja's performance after he came on. In the midfield, Maxime Lopez played 15 games in a row and then found himself on the bench. Luiz has just played two games in a row. Kevin came on and provided an assist, while Morgan Sanson played very well at Guingamp… So wish me good luck!"