French champions Olympique Lyonnais may be without their Mali midfield player, Mahamadou Diarra, when the new Ligue 1 season begins next month.
The 23-year-old was a notable absentee from training yesterday, having failed to fully recover from a groin injury picked up at the end of last season. He is unlikely to be fit for the champions' opening game on 6 August against OGC Nice and Lyon coach Paul Le Guen voiced his concern when he said: "I obviously wish that Diarra was fully fit at the moment."
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