Loic Remy has given Marseille a boost by revealing he feels he is coming back to form after an injury-hit season so far.
Though he has featured in 14 league games this term, Remy, 25, has made just two starts, spending almost as much time in the treatment room as out on the pitch. However, after a 20-minute cameo in last Saturday's 1-0 victory against nine-man Toulouse, the French international forward feels better days are ahead.
"My legs are coming back. It was my kind of game as there was space to play in, and the chance to score when I came on. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take the opportunities I had," said Remy, who saw a pair of efforts saved by Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada late in the game. "At 1-0, against a team that's trying to go forward, it was easier, and I felt good even if I didn't score."
A solitary strike this season is a meagre return for a man who, in his first two seasons at OM, scored virtually a goal every other game in Ligue 1. Should his fragile body hold up, Remy will no doubt have an opportunity to improve his goal tally against Saint-Etienne at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday in the final game before the winter break.
With Elie Baup's men only behind Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon on goal difference at the top of the table, Remy has warned his team-mates to keep their minds on the game and not on the festive period.
"We mustn't think we're already on holiday. That would be a shame. We have the chance to pick up nine points from our last three games of the year, and we're going to try and do that to be able to go off and enjoy our holidays," he said. "We must have our heads focused on Sunday's game because Saint-Etienne are a team which will come to the Velodrome to get something. We mustn't get distracted."