PARIS (AP) — After three straight draws, French leader Lyon is hoping striker Alexandre Lacazette will make his return on Sunday against Nantes.
Lacazette, the league’s top scorer with 21 goals, has been sidelined since pulling a hamstring muscle in a 2-0 win against Metz on Jan 25 — a match in which he netted a penalty.
The team has struggled since, drawing three matches and scoring only twice — although two of those games were against Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.
Lyon still leads the league, two points clear of Marseille and PSG after both drew their last two matches.
Nantes, which is winless in its last six matches, has not yet scored in February. But Vincent Bessat did score a hat trick in his side’s 3-2 victory in the French Cup last month.
“We still don’t have strong enough shoulders to be a leader all the time,” Lyon coach Hubert Fournier said. “We have to ask ourselves the right questions. We should do something else because Nantes is coming and we have had difficulties recently.”