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Miserable start for Marseille

Published: Sunday 6 August 2006, 20.19CET
Olympique Marseille coach Albert Emon has suffered a disappointing weekend after losing Mathieu Valbuena to injury and then seeing his side frustrated.
 
 
Published: Sunday 6 August 2006, 20.19CET

Miserable start for Marseille

Olympique Marseille coach Albert Emon has suffered a disappointing weekend after losing Mathieu Valbuena to injury and then seeing his side frustrated.

Olympique Marseille coach Albert Emon has suffered a disappointing weekend after losing new signing Mathieu Valbuena for two months and then seeing his side frustrated in their Ligue 1 opener.

New arrival
The 21-year-old Valbuena had only joined the club in the summer from FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin but the midfielder broke his ankle in training on Saturday. Marseille expect him to be out of action until October. The club, who are already without long-term injury victim Djibril Cissé, are preparing for their UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie against BSC Young Boys, with the first leg in Marseille on Thursday.

Low-key draw
Marseille warmed up for that contest with a 0-0 draw at newly-promoted CS Sedan-Ardennes on Sunday. The Provence side were without midfielder Franck Ribéry, who has reportedly said he wants to leave the club after a successful FIFA World Cup with France. Sedan, back in the top flight after three seasons in Ligue 2, had the best chance in a low-key game when striker Masour Boutabout hit the woodwork on 20 minutes.

 
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