Liga 1: Lyon duo return for Toulouse clash
PARIS, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Brief news from France's Ligue 1 before this weekend's matches.
• Defenders Sebastien Squillaci and Nadir Belhadj have recovered from injuries and should be fit to play when champions Olympique Lyon visit Toulouse on Saturday.
• Lyon, who started their campaign with a convincing 2-0 home win over Auxerre last weekend, will miss two players in Gregory Coupet and Fred. The France goalkeeper will be sidelined for four months after undergoing knee surgery on Monday while the Brazil forward is still nursing a foot injury.
• Toulouse, who finished a surprise third last season and will face Liverpool in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, pin all their hopes on Johan Elmander. The Sweden striker, who was substituted with a thigh injury in a 3-1 defeat at Valenciennes last weekend, has resumed training and should start the match.
• Olympique Marseille will count on Samir Nasri when they welcome Stade Rennes in their first home match of the season on Saturday. The young France playmaker, who had been out of actions for five weeks because of an ankle injury, resumed training this week and should play.
• Lille, visiting Metz on Sunday, already have a long injury list with defenders Adil Rami and Peter Franquart, midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Peter Franquart and Colombian forward Luis Yanes all sidelined.
• Lorient, hosting Monaco on Saturday, will miss Ulrich Le Pen for five weeks after the midfielder was unintentionally kicked in the face by his own keeper, Fabien Audard, in a 0-0 draw at Lille last weekend. Le Pen, who was knocked unconscious by the clash, sustained several face fractures.
• Monaco will be without midfielders Lucas Bernardi and Camel Meriem. Argentine Bernardi has a groin injury while Frenchman Meriem is hampered by a sore thigh.
• Surprise leaders Valenciennes face a tough test on Saturday at St Etienne, where they were crushed 3-0 last season. The northerners will hope for more of the same from striker Johan Audel, who scored a hat-trick in their opening 3-1 win over Toulouse.