Previews: Heartbroken Bordeaux face Lorient

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

Girondins Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc is not sure his team will have recovered mentally from the 4-3 defeat at Galatasaray, which knocked them out of the UEFA Cup, in time for Sunday's home match against Lorient.

"We will try to bounce back against Lorient but after what happened, there is no guarantee at all," he told French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday.

Bordeaux are fifth in the standings, eight points behind leaders Olympique Lyon.

St Etienne defender Cedric Varrault is doubtful for his team's trip to Monaco on Sunday after he picked up a knee injury during the 2-1 win over Olympiakos in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

"He had two knocks on the same knee," St Etienne coach Alain Perrin told French sports daily L'Equipe. Varrault was replaced in the 82nd minute against Olympiakos.

Olympique Marseille midfielder Lorick Cana was not too worried by his team's fitness for Sunday's match at Caen despite having played a penalty shootout to see off Twente Enschede in the UEFA Cup last 32 on Thursday.

"This match will weigh on our fitness for the Caen game but as we go straight there (from Twente) we put all the chances on our side," he told the club website.

"We will rest and I am sure we have the resources in the squad to win."

Leaders Olympique Lyon will be without striker Fred when they host Stade Rennes on Sunday after the Brazilian terminated his contract with the seven-times French champions.

The cancellation of his contract took effect on Thursday, Lyon said on their website. Fred has reached an agreement with Fluminense.

Valenciennes coach Antoine Kombouare will have to make do without midfielder Sakha Tiene, who is suspended after picking up three yellow cards in the last 10 games, when his team face Lille in the northern derby on Saturday.