PARIS - Brief news from Ligue 1 ahead of this weekend's matches: Seven-times champions Olympique Lyon will be without Italy defender Fabio Grosso through suspension when they visit mid-table Caen for their last match of the year on Saturday. Coach Claude Puel, whose team have won just two points from their last four league outings and could surrender the lead by losing at Caen, has plenty of defence worries with fullbacks Anthony Reveillere and Francois Clerc sidelined with long-term injuries. Lyon's French international forward Sidney Govou, who was arrested this week and being found five times over the drink-driving limit, was included by Puel in his group for the match. A test showed Govou had 2.6 grammes of alcohol per litre of blood. The French legal limit is 0.5. Fourth-placed Paris St Germain coach Paul Le Guen faces a selection headache before welcoming Valenciennes on Sunday. He fielded his reserves in a UEFA Cup tie on Thursday and they were brilliant, crushing Dutch side Twente Enschede 4-0 to advance to the last 32. Striker Peguy Luyindula, who scored twice, might have done enough to earn a place in the first team that Le Guen, who made clear the UEFA Cup was not his priority, picks for Ligue 1 matches. Monaco will have four players suspended in Adriano, Nikola Pokrivac, Alejandro Alonso and Jerko Leko when they welcome third-placed Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday. Bottom club Le Havre will visit Lille on Saturday with coach Fredric Hantz in charge for the first time after taking over from Jean-Marc Nobilo on Thursday. Le Havre have lost 12 of their 18 games played so far. France striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Japan midfielder Daisuke Matsui, who missed a 2-2 UEFA Cup draw with Valencia on Wednesday through injuries, will return for St Etienne when they host fellow struggles Auxerre on Saturday.
19 December 2008
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