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Defensive troubles for French clubs

Published: Thursday 4 March 2004, 16.43CET
AJ Auxerre's Johan Radet and Olympique de Marseille's Demetrius Ferreira are out of next week's UEFA Cup ties.
 
 
Published: Thursday 4 March 2004, 16.43CET

Defensive troubles for French clubs

AJ Auxerre's Johan Radet and Olympique de Marseille's Demetrius Ferreira are out of next week's UEFA Cup ties.

The AJ Auxerre defender Johan Radet will miss at least next week's first leg of the UEFA Cup fourth-round tie against PSV Eindhoven after pulling a hamstring in last night's elimination of Panathinaikos FC.

Influential figure
The 27-year-old was replaced after eleven minutes in Athens by Jean-Sébastien Jaurès as Auxerre won 1-0 to advance to the last 16 by the same aggregate score. Radet has been an influential figure at the Abbé Deschamps this season, playing 25 out of 26 Ligue 1 matches.

Defensive struggles
Auxerre do not know what Radet's recovery period will be, as they are awaiting the results of tests on his hamstring. Coach Guy Roux is already without two French international defenders through injury: Philippe Mexes has a damaged thigh and Jean-Alain Boumsong is nursing a fractured eye socket.

Ferreira blow
Meanwhile, Auxerre's Ligue 1 rivals Olympique de Marseille have also lost a player to injury. The southern side are waiting for a diagnosis on Demetrius Ferreira's ankle after he went over on it during last night's third-round win against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. The 30-year-old Brazilian is definitely out of the first leg of the fourth-round tie against Liverpool FC.

 
Last updated: 05/03/04 0.56CET

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