PARIS - Brief news from Ligue 1 ahead of this weekend's matches: In-form Olympique Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will play his 100th game in Ligue 1 when the leaders host Monaco on Sunday. Lloris made his debut in the top flight in March 2006 with Nice and joined the seven times champions this season. Argentine winger Cesar Delgado and Brazilian midfielder Fabio Santos should make Lyon's squad after recovering from injuries. Hatem Ben Arfa is doubtful for Olympique Marseille's game against Grenoble at home on Sunday. The 22-year-old forward suffered a minor strain to his left thigh on Wednesday and he was left on the bench for their UEFA Cup quarter-final on Thursday. "Our doctor told me we should take no chance with him if we wanted him to be fit on Sunday," coach Eric Gerets told reporters after Marseille's 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk . Third-placed Girondins Bordeaux welcome back goalkeeper and captain Ulrich Rame, who had been sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury, when they visit mid-table Auxerre on Saturday. Midfielder Fernando is back from a four-game suspension while fellow Brazilian Jussie is out with a thigh injury. France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff is a doubt with a sore left thigh. Brazilian forward Michel Fernandes Bastos aims to find the back of the net for a seventh successive game in all competitions when in-form Lille host Paris St Germain on Sunday. "I had never achieved such a feat since the beginning of my career and I don't want this run to end now," the 25-year-old told reporters. Fourth-placed Lille are on a four-game winning streak in Ligue 1. They lead Paris on goal difference as both teams vie for a Champions League berth at the end of the season. Captain Claude Makelele and forward Ludovic Giuly should both make PSG's starting lineup against Lille after they stayed on the bench in Thursday's 0-0 draw to Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Paris are still hampered by injury worries in defence. Left back Sylvain Armand is out with a sprained knee and centre back Mamadou Sakho has not recovered from an ankle injury. Stade Rennes could have to make do with third-choice goalkeeper Patrice Luzi when they welcome struggling St Etienne on Saturday. Usual starter Nicolas Douchez has a sore back while second-choice Cheikh NDiaye is suspended.
10 April 2009
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