Spared in Dortmund for the Germany-France friendly match (2-1), the captain of the Blues underwent “a reassuring clinical examination (this Thursday) on the patellar tendon”. To see whether or not Mbappé will be in the group and even in the starting 11 on Friday (8:45 p.m.), for this opening match of the fifth day of L1. “We will take stock tomorrow (Friday) to find out if he is ready, we will discuss. He was hit this week. I hope he will be ready,” says Luis Enrique.
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Catastrophic. This is the word that defines the start of the RC Lens season. After four days of the championship, the Sang et Or, runners-up to Paris SG in 2022-2023, are in penultimate place in the championship...with only one point on the clock. Worrying as a series of matches looms with, among others, the Champions League. This Saturday evening (9 p.m.), against FC Metz, an opponent a priori (largely) within their reach, Franck Haise and his men have a great opportunity to (finally) launch their 2023-2024 exercise. Especially since their new home scorer, Elye Wahi comes out of a successful international break - with the Espoirs - with a double scored against Denmark...coming off the bench.
This is one of the big questions of this fifth day of Ligue 1. Following two years of legal proceedings, at the end of which he was found not guilty of rape and attempted rape, Benjamin Mendy joined the FC Lorient in mid-July. Since then, the 29-year-old left-back has been fine-tuning his physical condition. And according to several sources - Ouest-France and RMC Sport -, the ex-Manchester City player could be present in the Merlus group to face AS Monaco, his former club, this Sunday (1 p.m.). He could thus return to the pitch a little more than two years after his last appearance. An event. It remains to be seen what reception the public will give him if he comes into play.
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Geoffrey Kondogbia's debut with Olympique de Marseille was not optimal. Excluded during the first match of the Champions League play-offs against Panathinaïkós, the Central African then injured his knee against FC Metz and was forced to rest during the last two days of Ligue 1. Fortunately for the Phocaeans, he took advantage of the international break to recover and return to training. He is therefore applying for a place in the Marseille group for the reception of Toulouse FC this Sunday (5:05 p.m.). Marcelino, who counts a lot on him, will he take the risk of playing him from the start?
That's it. We finally know the successor to Laurent Blanc. While Gennaro Gattuso seemed to hold the rope, it is ultimately Fabio Grosso who should take the dreams of Olympique Lyonnais, as revealed by L'Équipe. But the former coach of Frosinone Calcio will not be on the Rhone bench this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.), against Le Havre. Indeed, it is the duo composed of Jean-François Vulliez and Jérémie Bréchet - provisionally appointed as head of the first team - who will give their instructions from the sidelines. He will be supported by Sonny Anderson.