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Govou fears for Lyon as title challenge falters

Sidney Govou admits all is not well in the Lyon camp as they face up to the possibility they could lose their seven-year hold on the Ligue 1 title.

Les Gones lost their place at the summit this weekend, slipping to second behind Marseille, after they could only draw against Monaco at home.

The Rhone-Alps club, champions every year since 2002, will fall even further behind in the title race if they lose to third-placed Bordeaux on Sunday.

Govou, who is currently out injured, still believes his team will again emerge as champions but appreciates not everything is going according to plan.

"We have a quality squad but the atmosphere isn't healthy in our group," he said. "We can lose more than second place now - it is so tight at the top of the championship that you can't be sure of anything.

"But I have faith in my team-mates. We know what we have to do. We must consider the fact that playing against our direct rivals is a chance for us. Bordeaux are just behind us so we definitely need to take the points over there."

Les Gones have missed having Govou on their right wing, the France international having been out since the middle of January with an Achilles tendon injury.

Govou has come up with some key goals in important goals in his nine and a half years at the club, and he has been a regular in all of Les Gones' championship-winning teams over the past seven years.

He was expected to be out of action until the summer with his injury but there is a chance he could make an earlier-than-expected return next month to help out Lyon for their last few league games.

"I am doing everything to get fit again - if I can come back before the end of the season, all the better," he added. "I am not fixing a date. But if my progress continues as it has been, it's possible that I will play again before the end of the season.

"Everything is going well for the moment."


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