Alexandre Lacazette injured at the worst possible time


Alexandre Lacazette, who is taking the French Ligue 1 by storm with 21 goals in 22 games this season, including 10 in his last six matches, pulled up lame after a half-hour against Metz today.

Lyon manager Hubert Fournier confirmed a hamstring injury for the prolific striker, and it couldn’t have possibly come at a worse time of the year.

Not only is the injury bringing Lacazette’s inferno-like form to a screeching halt, but with Lyon now top of the French league table – on a margin of three points above Marseille and a whopping seven clear of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain – their vital upcoming matches are now all of a sudden daunting tasks.

Fournier conceded that in the immediate aftermath of the injury, it appeared the 23-year-old would most definitely miss next Sunday’s trip to fifth-placed Monaco, and in an even bigger blow, it’s unlikely he would make it back in time for their showdown at Stade de Gerland with PSG.

“We’ll have to wait for a full report from the club’s medical staff before we know how long he will be out,” Fournier said. “We’ve got two important matches against title rivals and there’s never a good time for these things to happen, but even less so now.”

Instead of feeding Lacazette and letting him do the rest, Lyon will have to do without the man who has scored 43% of its goals and had a direct hand in 57% of the team’s haul this season. The fixture list gets a little “easier” after that but not much, with games against Lorient, Nantes, Lille, and Montpellier, but three of those four come on the road, and Lacazette is vital to Lyon’s success going forward.