Rennes goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, injured in a knee, will be absent against the Greeks of Panathinaikos on Thursday for the 4th day of Group F of the Europa League, his coach Bruno Genesio announced on Wednesday.
“Mandanda, it’s too tight for tomorrow (Thursday),” said the Rennes coach during the press conference the day before the match. The former French international, aged 38, hurt his knee on the free kick which led to Nice's second goal during the Bretons' defeat (2-0) on Sunday in the league.
It is also not said that the goalkeeper will be handed over for the reception of the red lantern, Lyon, this weekend, for the 12th day of Ligue 1. “We will see by Sunday if it can happen or not “added Genesio.
Rennes, 11th, and which has only taken one point over the last four days, badly needs to get back on track. In his absence, it is Gauthier Gallon, who arrived last summer, who will make his debut in the European Cup and will play for the first time in the red and black jersey. Genesio also confirmed the withdrawal of Turkish striker Bertrug Yildirim due to “a pubic problem”.
At the top of its Europa League group F, with 6 points in three days, Rennes would take a big step towards qualification in the event of a victory against the Greeks, beaten at home in the first leg (2-1) and who follow them at two lengths.