Rennes striker Hugo Montano struggles with Marseille’s Alou Diarra and Lucho
Weakened by absences and injuries, OM head to Rennes – unbeaten at home this season – on Sunday on Day 21 of the Ligue 1.
To add to his plight, following Gignac’s serious injury and the departure of Souleymane Diawara, Charles Kaboré and the Ayew brothers to the Africa Cup of Nations, Didier Deschamps has just lost Stéphane Mbia and perhaps also Lucho Gonzalez.
The Marseille technician therefore had to call on Kevin Osei and Senah Mango, both on loan at Bayonne.
Having just qualified for the last sixteen of the France Cup, thanks to their victory 3-1 against Havre, Marseille boast an impressive nine victories and a draw over their last ten matches across all competitions.
On the other hand, the Bretons remain unbeaten at home since the start of the season and recently enjoyed two consecutive victories in the championship.
Frédéric Antonetti has also been handicapped by the Afcon however, with the departure of Mangane, Boye, Pitroipa and Hadji to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea; but he has just recruited Parisian striker Mevlut Erding.
Rennes and Marseille lie 5th and 6th respectively on the league standings, a victory away from the podium, and theirs promises to be an encounter of a rare intensity.