Olympique Lyonnais and France defender Eric Abidal could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks after breaking his foot in a pre-season game against CA Once Caldas.
The 26-year-old fractured his left foot during the 1-1 draw in the opening match of the Peace Cup in Pusan, Korean Republic, earlier today. "We went straight to hospital where I was told I'd be out for three months but I hope it will be less," Abidal said. "I suffered injuries last season and always managed to come back."
His absence will be a blow for new coach Gerard Houllier, who must now begin Lyon's title defence without his first-choice right-back. Former LOSC Lille Métropole defender Abidal was instrumental last season as the side claimed their record-equalling fourth successive Ligue 1 title and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
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