Ligue 1 Previews: Kombouare begins with ban

PARIS - Brief news from Ligue 1 before this weekend's matches:

New Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare will watch from the stand when his team start their Ligue 1 campaign at Montpellier on Saturday.

Kombouare carries the ban from last season, when he was suspended for a match for arguing with the referee of a game between his Valenciennes side and Girondins Bordeaux.

Olympique Marseille, regarded by many as the title favourites, will have to make do without new signing Lucho Gonzalez when they visit Grenoble on Saturday. The Argentina midfielder, who joined from Porto, is sidelined with a fractured collarbone.

Champions Girondins Bordeaux will be at full strength when they start the defence of their title by welcoming promoted Racing Lens on Sunday.

Bordeaux kept quiet on the transfer market but made the loan of France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff permanent.

Olympique Lyon, who had won seven titles in succession before finishing third last season, will miss Ghana defender John Mensah and Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom through suspensions when they visit Le Mans on Saturday.

France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, last season's top scorer with 24 goals, has said he will definitely stay with Toulouse despite offers from Lyon.

Toulouse, who finished a surprise fourth last season, visit Monaco on Saturday.

Auxerre, welcoming Sochaux on Saturday, face two months without Ireneusz Jelen, their best scorer last season with 14 goals. The Poland striker is sidelined with a hernia.


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