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Marseille short-staffed for Spartak tie

Published: Monday 18 February 2008, 19.09CET
Benoît Cheyrou and Julien Rodriguez have been ruled out of the second leg of Olympique de Marseille's tie against FC Spartak Moskva because of ankle sprains.
Marseille short-staffed for Spartak tie
Benoît Cheyrou celebrates scoring against Spartak ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 18 February 2008, 19.09CET

Marseille short-staffed for Spartak tie

Benoît Cheyrou and Julien Rodriguez have been ruled out of the second leg of Olympique de Marseille's tie against FC Spartak Moskva because of ankle sprains.

Olympique de Marseille midfielder Benoît Cheyrou will sit out the second leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie against FC Spartak Moskva after spraining his ankle during Sunday's 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain FC.

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The 26-year-old will be missed in Russia after he played a key role in Marseille's 3-0 victory over Spartak at the Vélodrome last Wednesday – scoring the first goal and setting up Taye Taiwo for the second. Coach Erik Gerets will also be without defender Julien Rodriguez for Thursday's trip to Moscow, again because of a sprained ankle. Marseille are up to fourth place in Ligue 1 after a third successive top-flight win. The club have also announced that 20-year-old left-back Jean-Philippe Sabo has signed his first professional contract.

Last updated: 19/02/08 1.42CET

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