FCM: Niakaté and Joseph alone absent
After having deplored numerous injuries since the start of the season, Frédéric Antonetti will be able to make sporting choices, rather than by default, for the arrival of the Greens. Forward Lenny Joseph and central defender Sikou Niakaté (muscle injuries) are the only players unavailable. Absent in Lens despite having resumed training for a few days, center-back Kiki Kouyaté and striker Ibrahima Niane (muscle injuries) were spared. Affected by a fall in Lens in his previously fractured collarbone, midfielder Kevin N’Doram was scared at the time but was able to train normally this week.
ASSE: Moukoudi absent, Khazri uncertain For this trip to Metz, where the last two in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats standings will be opposed, Saint-Etienne will be deprived of two key pieces of his rearguard, the central defender Harold Moukoudi, injured in the hamstrings -legs, and the left side Miguel Trauco (adductors). Absent on the last day, Timothée Kolodziejczak resumed training but doubts persist about his participation in the trip to Lorraine. The same goes for midfielder Yvan Neyou and striker Wahbi Khazri who finished the match against Angers (2-2) with an ankle pain. Goalkeeper Etienne Green also returned to the field at the start of the week but will not necessarily make his return, after a “cold snap” according to coach Claude Puel. Midfielder Zaïdou Youssouf, suspended last weekend, is available.
OL: Dembélé and Kadewere absent, return of Slimani
Excluded in Nice on Sunday, striker Tino Kadewere is suspended for the reception of Lens on Saturday. The player was sanctioned with three matches of suspension. In addition, center forward Moussa Dembélé remains unavailable for a broken leg. On the other hand, OL can once again count on striker Islam Slimani, affected by hamstrings with the Algerian selection. Finally, coach Peter Bosz will have to wait a few more weeks before being able to play Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who operated on his left knee last February and whose bone healing has been delayed.
RCL: Full in Lyon It has been 18 years since RC Lens started a match against Lyon with a better ranking than their opponents from Rhone. Racing, runners-up to PSG, “with a lot of teams in few points”, as Franck Haise underlines, goes to the capital of the Gauls with a whole group. The Sang et Ors saw Massadio Haïdara complete a normal week in training. The only uncertainty hangs over the trip of Ignatius Ganago, a scorer and left late against Metz (4-1) due to a small gash in the knee. “He had three stitches and had a part of the week arranged. He has resumed the race and if he can perform the Friday session in the group, he will be able to be summoned, ”explained his trainer, who also confirmed the suspension of Jean-Louis Leca for the reception of Troyes, November 5. His understudy, Wuilker Farinez, will play his first minutes of the season.
Goal Ismaël TRAORE (28 ‘- SCO) / AS SAINT-ÉTIENNE – ANGERS SCO (2-2) / 21/22