Injury-hit OL to wait weeks for Fekir
Olympique Lyonnais will be without a number of key players for Friday's home clash against Nîmes Olympique, notably talismanic captain Nabil Fekir, who will be out until at least early November with an ankle injury.
Fekir, who was forced off in the opening minutes of Olympique Lyonnais' 5-0 hammering in Paris in Week 9, missed out on France duties during the international break and is likely to remain out of action for the rest of October - at least.
"We hope to have Nabil Fekir back after the next three matches," declared OL boss Bruno Genesio, referring to Bordeaux's Week 12 visit to the Groupama Stadium.
The OL captain will thus be missing for Friday's visit of Nîmes Olympique, as will Brazil right-back Rafael, also injured (shoulder) in the trip to the capital. There are further line-up concerns for Genesio, however, as his side look to bounce back from the stunning defeat in Paris, with starting midfielder Lucas Tousart suspended (red card) and right-back Léo Dubois under a cloud.
"Léo had a niggle on Wednesday morning. He hurt his thigh and could be out of action for Friday," explained Genesio, who could well have to play one of his players out of position against Nîmes. "In terms of who will play at right-back, Kenny Tete returned to training on Wednesday morning but will be short of match fitness for Friday. We'll have to adapt. [central defender Jason] Denayer and [left-back Ferland] Mendy can play in this position."
There was some good news for Les Gones, however, with Martin Terrier back in action following and ankle injury, but late returns from international duty could cause further headaches for the OL boss: "It will be complicated for Maxwel [Cornet] and Bertrand [Traoré], who will only return from playing for their respective countries on Thursday morning."