Ligue 1 title challengers Olympique Lyonnais have been dealt a double injury blow with midfielders Yoann Gourcuff and Maxime Gonalons ruled out for up to a month. Gourcuff should be sidelined after suffering torn hamstrings in Saturday (18/3) Ligue defeat to Nice. While Gonalons has withdrawn from the France squad after sustaining the injury in a 2-1 loss which ensured Lyon to slip to second place in the table, behind champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The pair limped off in Saturday’s surprise 2-1 home defeat to Nice and after undergoing treatment from the club’s medical staffs, have each been diagnosed with hamstring injuries. Consequently, Gourcuff has to deal with recovery times for about 40 days, which is not a new experience for the midfielder.
The condition is proven to be a miserable news for Lyon coach Hubert Fournier, who will be without the club’s duo star in the Ligue 1 clashes with Guingamp and Bastia as the substitute. If they are remain to be fit, Fournier will put them on the pitch on a home game against Saint-Etienne on April 19. On the other hand, Gonalons’ position in national team squad will be replaced by Josuha Guilavogui.
Up to the four-and-a-half seasons, Gourcuff has played in 85 league games and made several starts for the Ligue 1 tournament this term. Gornalons even admitted that Gourcuff is going to be the new ZInedineZidane and the international midfielder is “an incredible player, capable of doing incredible things.”
The former Bordeaux man signed a five-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais in 2010 for a fee of €22 million. He selected the number 29 shirt and made his debut in the team’s 2-0 defeat to Lorient in August 2010. During his career in Lyon, Gorcuff has suffered several kinds of surgery, including an ankle injury and an injury setback that he sustained in 2011 and due to the injuries, he has missed 90 games.
On the other hand, Gonalons, who signed a contract extension until 2018 earlier this season, had attracted interest from Napoli last year. He confirmed that the Serie A club had also made a summer approach and said Atletico Madrid had also looked at him. A graduate of the Olympique Lyonnais youth academy, Gonalons started his senior career in 2009 by signing a one-year deal with the club. The club eventually have the option to keep him for the next two seasons over after the one-year deal expires, and the German midfielder assigned the number 41 and trained with the senior team during pre-season.