October 6, 2012
Lille v AC Ajaccio: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.7||1.1|
|Goals against *||0.8||1.6|
|Last 5 home||D-W-D-D-W||L-L-W-D-L|
|Last 5 away||D-L-W-W-W||D-D-L-D-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Lille | AC Ajaccio|
|12/15||H: Bastia||12/14||H: Lorient|
|12/22||A: Paris Saint-Germain||12/21||A: Stade de Reims|
|1/11||H: Stade de Reims||1/11||H: Paris Saint-Germain|
|1/18||A: St Etienne||1/18||A: Nice|
|1/25||H: Stade Rennes||1/25||H: Sochaux|
Lille manager Rudi Garcia is facing up to a hat-trick of injury issues as his side prepare to welcome Ajaccio tomorrow.
Garcia has been sweating over the fitness of France international Marvin Martin (groin) and summer signing Salomon Kalou (hamstring) and received more bad news this week with the revelation that Rio Mavuba faces an extended period on the sidelines.
Club captain Mavuba has pulled out of Les Bleus' squad for their match against Spain later this month and will now undergo an operation on his knee, which was injured in last week's game against Rennes.
"There was some uncertainty over the Rio Mavuba injury, because each player can react differently to this type of knee problem,'' Garcia said at a pre-match press conference.
"Unfortunately, tests today mean Rio is going to be operated on.
"He should be absent for a period of between six weeks and three months. This is not good news.
"He will, of course, miss the match against Ajaccio, and Marvin Martin and Salomon Kalou are also doubtful.''
Garcia is desperate to turn around his team's fading fortunes after they extended their winless run in Ligue 1 to six matches when they were beaten 2-0 at Rennes last time out.
Indeed, their last win in any competition came at the end of August in a European clash against Copenhagen.
Visiting Ajaccio are faring somewhat better, registering their third victory of the league campaign against Brest on matchday seven.
They have won just once on the road this term, though, defeating Nice 1-0 in their season opener.