PARIS - Brief news from Ligue 1 before Wednesday's matches: Leaders Olympique Marseille should welcome back their usual fullbacks when they visit neighbours Nice. Laurent Bonnart has recovered from a groin injury while Nigerian Taye Taiwo (groin) desperately wants to play despite not being fully fit, coach Eric Gerets told reporters. Ivory Coast forward Bakari Kone is out with a sore calf and will not play against his former club. Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi and Brazilian defender Henrique, who have both recovered from long-term injuries, could make the starting lineup when Girondins Bordeaux take on Valenciennes in northern France. Bordeaux's top scorer Cavenaghi has not taken part in his side's seven-game winning streak since injuring his right knee on March 7. Centre back Henrique had been sidelined with a left knee injury since March 21. Second-placed Girondins Bordeaux trail Marseille on goal difference. Paris St Germain, who are vying for a Champions League spot, will have to make do without their injured top scorer Guillaume Hoarau when they visit struggling Le Mans. Hoarau has a groin injury and could be out of action until the last league game against Monaco on May 30. Coach Guy Lacombe said he would not reshuffle his squad when Stade Rennes host Caen four days after losing 2-1 to Ligue 2 side Guingamp in the French Cup final. "The players have been deeply affected by this defeat but they are going to react," Lacombe told reporters. "The squad (against Caen) will be roughly the same (as against Guingamp)." Lille goalkeeper Gregory Malicki has said he wants to leave the northern side after being left out of the squad for the trip to Toulouse. "I can not accept that. I could not have expected such a decision as I have performed quite well since the start of the season. It is the coach's decision but my future does not belong to Lille anymore," Malicki told reporters after having started all previous league games this season. Lille have dropped to sixth in the table after losing their last three league games.
12 May 2009
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