Earlier this month, Lyon cut Elber from their squad because of his battle with an ankle injury, which has plagued the player since August. French clubs are only allowed a maximum of four non-EU players, and Lyon decided to give Elber's place to his 20-year-old compatriot Nilmar.
The 32-year-old Elber joined the French champions from FC Bayern München in August 2003 after nine years in the Bundesliga. He helped them win the 2003/04 title in his first season and played a total of 39 matches overall, scoring 14 goals. Lyon face Werder Bremen in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round next month.
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