Before Sunday's big clash between Bordeaux and Lyon, Marseille will be looking to regain some confidence against strugglers Boulogne-sur-Mer.
REUTERS - Titleholders and leaders Girondins Bordeaux will be at full strength when they visit former champions Olympique Lyon in the highlight of weekend action on Sunday (2000).
Nobody in the Bordeaux squad is injured or suspended and coach Laurent Blanc rested several players in a 1-0 Champions League win at Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday.
Brazilian defender Henrique resumed training this week after recovering from a knee injury.
Olympique Lyon will have to make do without Sidney Govou. The France winger is sidelined by a groin injury sustained during Wednesday's 4-0 thrashing of Debrecen in the Champions League.
Lyon will also miss France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, who still needs time to recover from a groin injury.
Olympique Marseille captain Mamadou Niang is out for up to six weeks with a sprained right collarbone and will miss Saturday's home game against strugglers Boulogne (1800).
The Senegal striker sustained the injury in a clash with Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas during Marseille's 3-1 home Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Former leaders Auxerre will welcome back Poland striker Ireneusz Jelen when they play at Lorient on Saturday (2000).
Auxerre have not lost this season when Jelen has played. They lost their last two games, which the Pole missed because of a right thigh muscle tear.
Striker Mevlut Erding is a doubt for Paris St Germain when the capital side host strugglers St Etienne on Sunday (1600).
The Turkey forward sprained his right knee during last week's 1-0 defeat at Bordeaux and was not able to train this week.
Stade Rennes should welcome back striker Jimmy Briand in their squad when they play at Nancy on Saturday (1800). Briand has been sidelined for nine months after he injured his left knee at a France training camp in March.
Toulouse have signed goalkeeper Matthieu Valverde from Boulogne before hosting second-placed Montpellier on Sunday (1600). Toulouse had to field 17-year-old trainee Anthony Loustallot during Thursday's 2-0 home win against Sochaux because their three professional goalkeepers were out injured.
Date created : 2009-12-12