Blanc: No agreement for France job
Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has denied an unsourced report in French paper Le Parisien saying he had agreed in principle to leave the Ligue 1 leaders and succeed Raymond Domenech as France coach after World Cup.
"I'm gonna be short but polite: I deny everything that has been said," a clearly irritated Blanc told reporters.
The champions, six points clear at the top of the standings, will miss Argentine defender Diego Placente, who has returned home for the birth of his second child, when they visit mid-table Stade Rennes on Saturday.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan returned to Rennes this week after his national team lost to Egypt in the African Nations Cup final last Sunday and will probably start on the bench.
Fourth-placed Olympique Lyon will welcome back goalkeeper Hugo Lloris when they play at Toulouse on Sunday.
Lloris missed last weekend's game against Paris Saint-Germain with a sore throat.
Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan is suspended while left back Aly Cissokho could be rested.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Antoine Kombouare has questioned the quality of his squad before they host Lorient on Saturday, saying too many of his players did not do their share of the job.
"I wonder if I have players in my squad that are good enough to play with PSG. Yes, there are a lot but many of them are bone-idle and it bothers me," Kombouare told RTL radio.
The capital side have slipped to 14th in the 20-team table after three successive defeats.
They will miss suspended defender Mamadou Sakho against Lorient.
Defender Gregory Bourillon will not make his Lorient debut this weekend after joining the Brittany side from Paris Saint-Germain this week.
Both clubs agreed Bourillon would not play against his former side.
Olympique Marseille, who are seventh 12 points off the pace, will field a depleted defence when they host Valenciennes on Sunday.
Argentine centre-back Gabriel Heinze is still out with a thigh injury while Nigeria left back Taye Taiwo, who has just returned from the African Nations Cup, and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (sore groin) are doubtful.
Belgium forward Eden Hazard is a doubt for third-placed Lille's game at Nice on Saturday.
Hazard, 19, who extended his contract with Lille until 2014 this week, has a sore knee.
Lille will welcome back midfielder Yohan Cabaye from suspension while new signing Portuguese defender Ricardo Costa could start the game.