Bastia coach Frederic Hantz has a number of absentees to contend with as his side bid to avoid slipping to a third Ligue 1 defeat on the trot at Brest this weekend.
Back-to-back losses to Valenciennes and Lyon have seen Bastia slip to just three points above the drop zone, and just a point clear of tomorrow's opponents.
Ilan, Jerome Rothen, Sylvain Marchal and Gilles Cioni are all injured for the visitors, while Joseph Barbato, Julian Palmieri, Sambou Yatabare and Jeremy Choplin are serving suspensions.
The sudden rash of absentees has derailed what had been a bright start to the season for Hantz's men, and the coach is aware of the importance of getting back on track against their near rivals.
``Before the Ajaccio game (on October 21) we had neither injured nor suspended players. It proves that everything goes very fast,'' Hantz told a press conference.
``It is unfortunate that it happens now that we face Brest.
``This is an important game because of the proximity of the two teams.
``We will go with ambition but it is very difficult to get a result there.''
Brest are unbeaten on home soil this season, winning four and drawing one of their five games so far, and no doubt the visit of a depleted Bastia side will be viewed as a great opportunity to claim three more points.
Brest coach Landry Chauvin has a few selection headaches of his own to contend with, however, as Alexandre Alphonse, Adama Ba and Ousmane Coulibaly are all sidelined with injuries.