Brief news from Ligue 1 on
Friday before this weekend's matches:
Lille midfielder Rio Mavuba is a major doubt for his
team's home game against Saint-Etienne on Saturday after he
missed this week's training sessions with a calf injury.
Lille are third in the standings with 36 points from 20
games, seven points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Stade Brest will have to make do without Larsen Toure
until the end of the season as the striker needs groin surgery.
Brest, who are 11th on 24 points, take on leaders PSG on
Jeremy Menez will take over Javier Pastore's playmaking
role in the absence of the injured Argentine when PSG travel to
Stade Brest, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
Ancelotti said new signing Alex would not be playing.
PSG have 43 points from 20 games.
French internationals Anthony Reveillere and Yoann
Gourcuff are back in the Olympique Lyon squad for Saturday's
home game against Dijon after recovering from injuries.
Both players missed a French Cup tie and a league trip to
Olympique Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has a defensive
headache before his team travel to Stade Rennes on Sunday.
Souleymane Diawara is with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations
while Stephane Mbia is out for a month with a thigh injury.
Deschamps is expected to field French international Rod
Fanni, who usually plays as full-back, and Cameroon's Nicolas
Nkoulou in central defence.
Marseille lie sixth in the standings, one point behind
fifth-placed Rennes who trail leaders Paris Saint-Germain by eight
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze ruled out of Champions League final against Bayern Munich
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