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Lyon braced for Abidal absence

Published: Wednesday 22 September 2004, 18.11CET
Olympique Lyonnais and France defender Eric Abidal is out for at least the next four weeks.

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Published: Wednesday 22 September 2004, 18.11CET

Lyon braced for Abidal absence

Olympique Lyonnais and France defender Eric Abidal is out for at least the next four weeks.

Olympique Lyonnais defender Eric Abidal will miss at least the next four weeks of action after tearing a muscle.

Buttock injury
The French international left the pitch during the second half of Lyon's 2-0 Ligue 1 win at Toulouse FC yesterday complaining of a sharp pain. Today, scans have revealed that the former Lille OSC player has torn a muscle in his left buttock and that he will be out of action for the next month.

Important games
The 25-year-old will thus be out of action for Lyon's UEFA Champions League trip to AC Sparta Praha next week and will most likely be unable to win a second cap for France in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus on 9 and 13 October respectively.

Regular choice
Abidal has been a regular in Paul Le Guen's side since joining Lyon in the summer.

Last updated: 23/09/04 0.53CET

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