Bordeaux without Nicolas Pallois and Cheick Diabate for Toulouse derby

Girondins de Bordeaux will be unable to call upon Nicolas Pallois and Cheick Diabate when they face Toulouse in the Derby of the Garonne this weekend.

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Bordeaux will face local rivals Toulouse on Saturday looking to build on their terrific victory over Paris Saint-Germain last weekend and heap relegation woe onto Le TFC.

However, the Bordelais will be unable to recall defender Pallois, who remains absent having broken his big toe.

His continued absence represent a major loss for Bordeaux, for whom he has been one of the consistent performers. Able to perform as a centre-back, but also capable of operating on the left, no outfield player has completed more minutes than the 27-year-old this term.

Pallois hasn’t featured since the victory away at Stade Malherbe Caen on March 7. Bordeaux will also be without Marc Planus, Theo Pellenard, Jussie and Younes Kaabouni.

Mali striker Cheick Diabate is another who remains absent and will not be part of the matchday squad.

Willy Sagnol’s side sit sixth in the Ligue 1 table heading into this weekend’s match, only one point behind fifth-place AS Saint-Etienne.

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