Coupet to return after long-term injury

January 4, 2008

LYON, France -- France and Olympique Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet will return to action after a long-term injury layoff on Sunday against third division Creteil in the French Cup.

"Barring a last minute disaster, Greg will start the game," the French champions coach Alain Perrin told a press conference on Friday ahead of the last 64 French Cup tie.

The 35-year-old Coupet underwent surgery in August after tearing a left knee ligament in training just before the opening game of the season.

"My season will start on Sunday," he was quoted as saying on the club's Web site (

"I'm relieved, just happy to feel the pressure of competition again. I lack match practice but I can rely on my experience."