Weekly Update: L’infirmerie est Pleine!

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.

Fekir picked up an ankle injury against PSG.

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Women’s International Round Up: O Captain, My Captain!

We ask just one thing from international friendlies: No injuries.  But you can’t always get what you want, and Amandine Henry’s early exit with a clavicle injury has cast a pall over the break for les Fenottes.  But like Henry’s French teammates, we too will soldier on with a recap of big wins for les Bleues, frustration for England, and rising hopes for Canada and the Netherlands.

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International break: no rest for the weary

It’s October, which means another international week. While the world is still in recovery from this summer’s World Cup, two major tournaments are on the horizon: the Women’s World Cup and UEFA’s U21 Championship. In addition, the newly created League of Nations (whatever that is) will be in full swing.

It’s pretty much the same cast of characters, with two major exceptions: Tanguy Ndombélé has made the jump from France’s U21s to the senior team. It’s well deserved, though Didier Deschamps made it clear that Ndombélé’s inclusion is the direct result of Corentin Tolisso’s injury. The other big news is Jason Denayer’s return to the Belgian NT after two years, which is welcome after his outstanding performances the past two months.

Keep your fingers crossed that both will remain fixtures for their national teams.

Boss.

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Women’s International Round Up: Who’s Headed to France?

Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen, and Carolin Simon all punched their ticket to next summer’s World Cup, while Shanice van de Sanden’s Netherlands squad has another battle ahead.  Plus France stays hot and Canada bounces back.  With the team reunited in Lyon, we’re catching up on all the international action from OL Féminin.

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Internationals take over Lyon

It’s that time of the year again when national teams call up players for international friendlies. It’s especially tough on teams that have a lot of internationals. While domestic leagues are on “break” next week, clubs worry about injuries to their players and a disruption in momentum.

For everyone else, it’s fun times!

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The Ex Watch: Hugo Lloris arrested for drunk driving

It’s been a long time since Hugo Lloris wore Lyon colors, and even though I wasn’t pleased at how his departure had unfolded, I still wish him well and was happy for him during France’s World Cup win.

It was disappointing beyond measure to read this morning that he had been arrested for drunk driving in London. Thankfully, no one was injured, but he failed a breathalyser test, arrested, and then released on bail.

It’s very strange and out of character for a man whose personality is as sedate as they come. There are a 100 ex-OL players I’d expect this to happen to before ever getting to Lloris, a father of two adorable daughters who is known for his goofy dad jokes and terrible taste in music.

It remains to be seen what the fallout will be. Besides the legal issues that will surely unfold, his captaincy for both Tottenham and Les Bleus are on the line. In fact, his place in Les Bleus could be in question. Players with legal issues have been dropped from the squad before, and this has come right before Didier Deschamps was due to release the list of players for France’s upcoming friendlies.

I hope things work out for Lloris. He’s a great player and should be remembered for a lot of other things besides this.