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Wounded Lyon enter Parc des Princes den
Published : 16 Dec 2012 07:16:51Rss feed
Ligue 1 leaders Lyon take a depleted squad to the capital for Sunday's top of the table clash against Paris Saint-Germain having seen their lead slashed to three points following the 1-1 draw against rock bottom Nancy.
Coach Remi Garde was left fuming by a refereeing decision that denied them a clear penalty at the Stade Gerland in midweek.
To add insult to injury, Anthony Reveillere and Alexandre Lacazette have joined a growing list of walking wounded during a week that began so brightly with a 1-0 win at Saint Etienne.
PSG meanwhile were able to sit back in comfort and watch the Lyon juggernaut knocked off track and a return to domestic form for Carlo Ancelotti's men reached a new high last Tuesday when Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped himself to a hat-trick during the 4-0 rout at a Valenciennes side who were previously unbeaten at home.
The Sweden captain has been the player of the season so far in France and his league-leading goal tally now stands at 17 which is seven clear of Lyon's French international Bafetimbi Gomis.
"We have to recover from our efforts, but we also have to hope to get back some of our injured players so we can have the most competitive team possible for Sunday," Gomis said.
"We lost two more players (Reveillere and Lacazette), like we did against Saint-Etienne (Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff)."
On Saturday, visiting Marseille defeated Toulouse 1-0, Montpellier beat Bastia at home 4-0, Troyes edged Ajaccio 3-2, Sochaux lost to Brest 2-1, Nice defeated Evian 3-2 while Reims drew Lille 1-1.
Fixtures (all times GMT)
Nancy v Bordeaux (1300), Saint-Etienne v Lorient (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon (2000)