Lens should not field an unrecognizable team this Sunday in Reims (3 p.m., 6th day) but rather close to the one that has dominated Lorient this Wednesday (5-2, 5th day). Because as against the Hakes, it will most likely have the mission of winning without its captain, Seko Fofana, slightly injured in a calf (grade one tear) and absent from the group traveling in Champagne. “Seko resumed the racesays his trainer, Franck Haise. But there is no risk to take with him. We are already at J minus two. Unless tomorrow there are a lot of green lights… We are not in a hurry. We’ll let Seko work individually this weekend. »
“Adam Buksa? He is very demanding and he is a great professional. He wanted to see (physically) all our matches. We therefore organized ourselves to work with him at times other than our meetings.
Muscularly affected before the end of the first period on Wednesday and unavailable for a minimum of fifteen days, Wesley Saïd will not return to competition before the end of September, before the international break at best, or even after to take no risk. In the Marne, Lens will also be deprived of its leader Gaël Kakuta, “hit an Achilles tendon”, according to the coach. And also Adrien Louveau, the young central defender of the reserve team, seen in the preparation phase.
Finally, the Polish center-forward Adam Buksa (fatigue fracture of an ankle) resumed collective training, but in an adapted manner, this Friday at La Gaillette. His return is hoped for quickly according to his feelings and possible additional examinations.
“He is very demanding and he is a great professional, says his trainer. He wanted to see (physically) all of our matches. We therefore organized ourselves to work with him at times other than our meetings. It came at Monaco (4-1, 3rd day) under his own power and then returned with the group. He also wanted to see all our animations. So some things are anchored. And he often trained offbeat, which allowed him to see our sessions in full. Now he is with us. But he observed part of our games and our way of working. From Monday, I will meet him individually to explain our game project in detail. As I have just done for two days with Alexis (Claude-Maurice) and Junior (Onana). »