It’s only October, but the hospital wing of Olympique Lyonnais is running out of beds. While injuries are bound to happen, having so many at once is a headache for any manager. Fortunately, it’s not red alert just yet, but Lyon’s medical staff will be extra vigilant because any additions to the below list will definitely push the men’s, women’s, and reserve teams towards a crisis.
Nabil Fekir: This is the big one. He sustained an ankle injury in the early minutes against PSG, and while he tried to play on, he went down a few minutes later and signaled for a substitution. As we all know, OL’s fortunes went kaput after that.
All things considered, the injury is relatively minor. He has been ruled out for a month and is expected to miss the games against Nîmes, Angers, Bordeaux, as well as both games against Hoffenheim. This is a heavy blow, as we’ve seen the team struggles when he is not on the pitch.
Rafael: Taken down rather viciously by Neymar in the same PSG match that saw Fekir limp off the pitch, our favorite Brazilian sustained an injury to his clavicle and will also be out at least 4 weeks.
Pape Cheikh Diop: A “nuisance” to his ankle has prevented him from participating in the upcoming international fixtures with Spain’s U21 team. No word yet on how serious it is, but with Lucas Tousart suspended for Lyon’s next L1 match, an injury to Diop means scraping the bench for a DM. I guess that means more Jordan Ferri. Yikes.
Martin Terrier: After suffering a sprained ankle against Dijon, Terrier has returned to training, albeit a lighter version of it. He’s unlikely to be ready for the match against Nîmes, but the club hopes he returns for the matches against Hoffenheim and Angers.
Kenny Tete: Poor guy has pulled a muscle and has had to drop out of the Dutch squad for this week’s internationals. It’s unfortunate timing because Rafael is out, and with Leo Dubois’s performances being just ok, Tete has a chance to fight for his place (he has yet to play this season). Like Terrier, he’s only just returning to training and is undergoing a more gentle course than his healthier teammates, so it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready for the match against Nîmes.
Marçal: It’s a miracle, he’s not injured. He’s on this list out of habit more than anything else.
Lucas Tousart: Ok technically he’s not physically injured, but his head is not in a good place right now, therefore I’m adding him to this list. He’s the first OL player in history to get back to back red cards. It’s a feat that FC Castagne can only dream of. No official word on what’s gotten him so down, but he better get his act together before he permanently loses his place to Pape Cheikh.
Amandine Henry: She injured her clavicle in France’s friendly against Australia last week. She’ll be out at least six weeks, which is a problem for France, who are gearing up to the World Cup in less then 8 months, and for Lyon, who have embarked on their quest for successive domestic and Champions League titles. Fortunately, OL can make do without her, but her absence will be more heavily felt in France’s squad, where she is also the captain.
Dzsenifer Marozsán: Diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism this summer, Marozsán spent the past few months recovering from surgery. She’s only recently returned to training, and even then, the staff are easing her into it, as embolisms are not a joke and requires constant monitoring post-removal. No set date for her return, but it won’t be for another two months at least.
Amine Gouiri: One of Lyon’s hottest young prospects, he was due to make the jump from the reserves to the senior team this year (he’s made a handful of appearances already). Unfortunately, he ruptured his cruciate ligament last August and has been sidelined ever since. It’s a serious injury that requires at least a 6 month layoff, though the club is confident he’ll make a full recovery. He isn’t expected back at practice until January.
Mathis Louiserre: Another of Lyon’s reserve team players, this young defender also ruptured a knee ligament and will be out until January. He was personally being watched by Genesio and was considered to be one of the club’s young hopes. Sadly, we won’t know for sure until he makes a full recovery.
Cedric Augarreau: If you’ve been watching the UEFA Youth League, you may recognize Augarreau’s name. A member of Lyon’s reserve team, he scored against Manchester City and has kindled the interest of Valencia. He featured again in the match against Shakhtar Donetsk but was taken out for what ended up being a ruptured ligament. That makes three ligament injuries for Lyon’s reserve team in the span of two months. I hope someone looks into this.
Reo Griffiths: The very much talked about English prospect that Lyon signed from Tottenham, he has yet to play for his new club. It turns out that he had injured his knee and was essentially in rehabilitation these past few months. Thanks to Instagram, I can confirm that he has returned to training, so hopefully we’ll see him play in reserve matches soon.