Germain delighted with Gradel absence from Monaco’s next match

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AS Monaco forward Valere Germain is taking nothing for granted when his side welcome Saint-Etienne to the Stade Louis II this weekend, but is comforted by the news that Max Gradel will be suspended for the match.

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The Ivorian winger has been one of the Stephanois’ key men so far this term. In 2015, since returning from a victorious showing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivorian has been in unstoppable form. He has scored six goals in his last five games, including a brace in ASSE’s 2-0 triumph over LOSC Lille ahead of the international break.

However, a yellow card received in that match rules him out of Saint-Etienne’s clash with Monaco on Friday evening.

It is a fixture that may have major consequences in the fight for European places, with Monaco (in fourth) only one point ahead of Christophe Galtier’s side.

“They’re a side packed with quality,” began Monaco forward Valere Germain, speaking to the club’s official website.

“They defend well and have a top goalkeeper,” he continued, paying tribute to former Monaco stopper Stephane Ruffier.

“They have quite a few players in good form at the moment, but fortunately for us Max-Alain Gradel will be suspended for Friday’s match.”

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