Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan is confident his side can avoid relegation despite star playmaker Mounir Obaddi's unexpected exit this week.
Obaddi's transfer to Ligue 2 leaders Monaco was confirmed today to leave Troyes, seven points from safety, short ahead of Brest's visit to the Stade de l'Aube.
Furlan revealed some frustration at the sale of Obaddi after he had been an important part of their climb into the top division.
But the Troyes boss revealed talks had already begun to find a replacement at a vital part of the campaign that will see them face fellow strugglers Sochaux, Bastia and Reims in the coming weeks.
``It is very difficult to digest the departure of Mounir on human and sports grounds,'' Furlan told a press conference.
``We are in discussion right now in order to overcome this departure. But football is such that sometimes you meet unexpected events. We must stay positive, and not panic.
``Mounir had a big influence on the way we played and have evolved as a team over the past two years.
``But I have made sure we can adapt our game when certain players are not involved.''
Obaddi's exit came just days after the club released a statement on their website calling for fans to get behind the players as they attempt to haul themselves out of danger.
And while Furlan revealed the club had asked him to remain they eventually gave in to the player's desire to move, adding: ``We could not keep the player against his will. Even though we told him, 'No, you stay'.''
``Neither the president, me or the the club had the right to detain him. It's like that.''
Brest will bid to continue an unbeaten run of seven away games without a host of players on African nations cup duty.
Hardest hit is in defence where Ismael Traore, Ahmed Kantari and Ousmane Coulibaly remain on international duty along with Kamel Chafni and Jonathan Ayite.
In their absence Brest lost 1-0 at home to St Etienne last weekend - a long-awaited league success for ASSE - before progressing past CA Bastia.