48 hours before the clash between Marseille and Lyon, Igor Tudor appeared at a press conference. It was an opportunity for him to take stock of his squad.
OM: Igor Tudor confirms two concerns.
This is the match not to be missed in this 32nd round of Ligue 1. After their convincing victory at home against Troyes (3-1), Marseille travels on Sunday to the Groupama Stadium to face Olympique Lyonnais. The Phocaean club will have to win in Lyon to keep their 2nd place in the standings. Any other result could jeopardize OM‘s chances of qualifying for the next Champions League.
Igor Tudor’s men are well aware of the stakes of this important match. They will try to string together a second consecutive victory against the Gones, who remain unbeaten in their last 5 Ligue 1 matches. The challenge will be immense, but not impossible. And for this perilous trip to Lyon, coach Igor Tudor could be without two players.
A few days before their trip to Lyon, Marseille resumed training on Friday at the Commanderie to fine-tune the last adjustments. While Amine Harit and Azzedine Ounahi (injured) are unavailable for the rest of the season, a Marseille starter was missing.
Nuno Tavares and Vitinha are uncertain for the trip to Lyon.
Nuno Tavares was absent from training due to health reasons, and is now uncertain to participate in the match between Lyon and Marseille. He is not the only player at risk of missing the game. After scoring his first two goals for Marseille last Sunday against Troyes, Vitinha has also felt some physical discomfort and did not participate in collective training today. It remains to be seen if he will be fit to face Lyon. Coach Igor Tudor expressed uncertainty about their availability, saying “Nuno Tavares took a knock, we’ll see if he’s available. The same goes for Vitinha, who just returned to training today.”
These new physical setbacks do not bode well for Tudor, who has already had to deal with numerous injuries in recent weeks. The Marseille coach may have to face Lyon with a diminished squad, and will have to find solutions to strengthen his team.