Previews: Lyon upset about match schedule
Olympique Lyon now have to host Grenoble in Ligue 1 on Saturday and are unhappy about it. The match was originally planned for Friday but Girondins Bordeaux asked the French Professional League (LFP) to reschedule it.
Bordeaux are playing Marseile in the French League Cup final on Saturday and argued it would be unfair for Lyon to have an extra rest day before hosting Girondins in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday.
"Lyon regrets that the preparations of both teams have been disturbed by the League's change of mind," the club said in a statement.
To face neighbours Lyon, bottom club Grenoble will have to rely on number three goalkeeper Brice Maubleu, 20, who will start a Ligue 1 match for the first time. Number one keeper Jody Viviani is serving suspension and reserve Ronan Le Crom is sidelined with a groin injury.
The presidents of Lyon, Bordeaux, Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain met this week at a chic Paris hotel and agreed the top clubs should have more say in Ligue 1 affairs, French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday.
Strugglers Boulogne hope to welcome back striker and captain Gregory Thil when they visit Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Thil, who has been struggling to recover from ankle surgery and has not played for over a month, was back in training on Friday.
Toulouse will once again miss France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac when they welcome Nice on Sunday. Gignac has been sidelined for over a month with a groin problem and could not resume training this week.
Nice have to make do without France striker Loic Remy, nursing a stiff thigh muscle.
Valenciennes, whose home match against Bordeaux has been postponed because of the French League Cup final with no new date set yet, face months without Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez after he ruptured knee ligaments in training this week.