Olympique Lyonnais coach Hubert Fournier has admitted that the injury suffered by Maxime Gonalons is a concern, but is hopeful that Corentin Tolisso can step up to replace him.
Midfielder Gonalons was forced to pull out of the France squad earlier this week after suffering a hamstring tear in Les Gones’ 2-1 defeat to OGC Nice last weekend.
Lyon welcomed Les Aiglons to the Stade de Gerland looking to reassert their place at the top of the Ligue 1 table, but were stunned as the visitors secured an unlikely three points.
Beyond the points, Lyon also lost Gonalons, who scored a penalty during the match but ultimately suffered a damaging injury.
In the midfielder’s absence, it is likely that Tolisso will be turned to to take a vital role in the heart of the park.
The 20-year-old is another player enjoying a breakthrough season of sorts in the top flight. He started seven matches in the top flight last term, but has already made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 so far this term.
“Certainly, the injury to Gonalons harms us, as they do for any player. It’s true that Maxime has been an important player in the organisation that’s put in place,” Fournier began, speaking to the club’s official website.
“Corentin Tolisso can be one of the solutions to replace him. I remind you what he did at Nice and what happened there. As well, considering his recent performances, notably with the youth side where he’s been very good, he has a certain continuity in his progress.
“It’s very interesting!”