Ligue 1: many absent for OM in Bordeaux

In addition to Dimitri Payet, suspended, Arkadiusz Milik, Alvaro Gonzalez, and probably Duje Caleta-Car or even Jordan Amavi could miss the OM match on Sunday in Bordeaux, counting for the 25th day of Ligue 1 (9 p.m.).

In addition to the suspension of Dimitri Payet, who has just been given two firm matches after his sole on Marco Verratti against PSG (0-2), OM is preparing for its Sunday match in Bordeaux (9 p.m.), counting for the 25th day of Ligue 1, with many major players injured or very uncertain. Arkadiusz Milik will not play again before Nantes – OM (February 20). The Polish striker heals his thigh, the player’s entourage is reassuring, but Nasser Larguet does not want to take risks with his striker, as indicated at a press conference on Tuesday.

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He will therefore not play in Bordeaux on Sunday. And he is not qualified for OM-Nice, next Wednesday. Two more games without the flagship rookie Olympian… but a big week that should allow Milik to get back in shape. No risk should be taken, either, with Alvaro Gonzalez. The defender had some scares during a bad support on a duel with Neymar, during OM-PSG.

The exams were reassuring, the Spaniard said in a video earlier this week. But, here too, caution should be required, and OM will surely be forced to do without Alvaro’s services on Sunday.

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Caleta-Car injured, Amavi still uncertain for Sunday

As with the Coupe de France match in Auxerre (2-0), OM’s central defense could also be upset. If Duje Caleta-Car did not play Wednesday in the Coupe de France, it was not only to preserve it for the next deadlines. The Croatian defender, who had made the trip to Auxerre but who was not on the scoresheet, felt muscle discomfort at the start of the week.

Nasser Larguet could give more news this Friday on the state of his injury and on a possible period of unavailability, but we would be moving towards a package from Caleta-Car in Bordeaux. This would lead Nasser Larguet to extend Boubacar Kamara’s return to central defense.

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There remains the case of Jordan Amavi, who arouses a lot of impatience among the supporters and the player himself. Arrested on social networks, Amavi gave his news to an OM fan who asked him with humor and kindness … “if he was still alive”. Amavi preferred to laugh, replying that his healing was “longer than expected”, and that the calf was difficult to heal.

Tuesday, Nasser Larguet had explained that a return of the left side was close, that the latter was working hard, with a very good state of mind. Amavi does see the end of the tunnel, but he remains uncertain for Sunday, even if he should return to collective training this Friday.

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