The players qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup and who should miss the resumption of Ligue 1

The puzzle begins for the clubs. While all the players already eliminated from the World Cup should be operational for the resumption of the championships, at the earliest on December 26 for the Premier League, the question of the date of return for the internationals still in action in Qatar will begin to occur. to pose.

In France, Stade Rennais coach Bruno Genesio has already formalized the absence of Steve Mandanda and Lovro Majer for the red and black trip to Reims on December 29. While twelve other Ligue 1 players are still eligible with their selection for the semi-finals of the World Cup, other absences could be announced in the coming days.

PSG, the hardest hit club

With 11 players present at the start of the World Cup, PSG expected to find themselves in this situation before the start of the competition. The surprising eliminations of Brazil against Croatia (1-1, 2-4 on penalties) and Portugal against Morocco (0-1) in the quarter-finals should nevertheless allow the capital club to quickly return Neymar, Marquinhos and Vitinha (injured during the competition , Nuno Mendes and Danilo Pereira have already returned to the Camp des Loges).

However, three Parisians should miss the call for the reception of Strasbourg on December 28: Achraf Hakimi, Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi can actually still claim the World Cup with their selection. They could leave Qatar at the earliest on December 18, the day after the minor final, and should then enjoy several days of rest.

OM and OL also worried, as did their opponents

Like PSG, OM and OL were to present themselves weakened during the 16th day of Ligue 1. Marseillais was thus to be deprived of Mattéo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout, two holders in midfield, for the reception of Toulouse on 29 December. At the same time, Toulouse should do without Zakaria Aboukhlal, who has also kept since the start of the season.

Zakaria Aboukhlal and Achraf Hakimi fight with Vitinha. (P. Lahalle/The Team)

The impact should be less significant for the Rhone club, especially as only one of its players still qualifies for the World Cup semi-finals, in the form of Nicolas Tagliafico. The opponent of Les Gones on December 28, Stade Brestois, had to present itself without its central defender Achraf Dari.

Ounahi and Boufal should be missed in Angers

Sparkling since the start of the World Cup, Azzedine Ounahi and Sofiane Boufal are also the technical leaders of Angers, who currently sit last in Ligue 1 with 5 points behind the first non-relegator. The trip to Ajaccio, 18th in the Championship, on December 28 is therefore of particular importance for the Angevins, who will have to tinker with the midfield for this meeting against a direct competitor.

The last two players affected by this calendar issue are Monegasques Axel Disasi and Youssouf Fofana. If you travel to Auxerre on December 28, Monaco should therefore be deprived of two important elements. However, the form of these twelve players, their importance at the club and their playing time in Qatar may affect their rest time. It would thus be possible to see them develop from the 16th day in Ligue 1, or conversely to have to miss more matches to return to a better level.


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