Marseille's Valbuena sidelined until new year

Olympique de Marseille will be without Mathieu Valbuena until January after the France midfielder dislocated his left shoulder during a 1-0 loss to LOSC Lille on Tuesday.

Mathieu Valbuena has been an ever-present for Marseille this term
Mathieu Valbuena has been an ever-present for Marseille this term ©AFP/Getty Images

French international Mathieu Valbuena has been ruled out until January after dislocating his left shoulder during Olympique de Marseille's 1-0 loss at LOSC Lille on Tuesday.

The midfielder has started all of OM's Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League games this term, but his outing in Lille came to a premature end as he was replaced by Giannelli Imbula 17 minutes from time. "He is sidelined for four to six weeks," said Marseille head doctor Christophe Baudot of the 29-year-old, who joins striker André Ayew on the southern club's injury list.

Following five defeats in UEFA Champions League Group F, OM's involvement in 2013/14 European competition will cease next week no matter what the outcome of their home encounter with Borussia Dortmund.

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