Soccer. Racing: The Merchant still out


Arrived at the end of the summer transfer window in Fulham (England), Maxime Le Marchand quickly established himself as a centerpiece of the axial defensive trident. But after his suspension for accumulation of yellow cards on October 31 against Lorient (4-0), the former Niçois had to give up the warm-up on November 7 in Nantes for back pain (2-2). Despite the international « break », the Malouin was not restored last Sunday against Reims (1-1).

Always in delicacy with his back, he has not returned to collective training this week either and will spend his turn in the Principality. “Maxime will be out this weekend,” confirms Strasbourg coach Julien Stéphan. “We have to wait for the day-to-day development. It’s progressing very slowly, rather positively, but much more slowly than what had been imagined at the beginning. « 

Mothiba in the group after Monaco

His fingers crossed: After a year and a half without playing, Lebo Mothiba, who has started a partial recovery with the rest of the squad these days, should fully find his teammates next week. His last match dates back to July 28, 2020, a preparation match against Montpellier in Divonne-les-Bains during the pre-season camp in Evian (2-1 success). That day, the striker entered at half-time, but had to go out with an injury half an hour later.

Operated in mid-August 2020 on the left knee, he has since constantly had to postpone his return. Worse: in early fall 2021, four days to finally replay with the reserve, the South African (10 goals in L1 in 2018-2019, including 9 with the RCSA) was stopped by a major tear in the ischio -left leg on Wednesday, September 29 in training. Another two-month stop which – he hopes – will be the last.

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