The coach's updates on Pepe and Atal

Two days before AC Ajaccio arrive at the Allianz Riviera (MD23, 9pm CET), Didier Digard gave an update on the fitness of Youcef Atal and Nicolas Pepe.

"For Youcef, we hope that he'll start running again in the coming days. Of course he'll do that progressively with a number of steps that will have to be validated along the way," explained the coach. "We gave him a few days to have a breather, clear his head. I think and I hope that did him good. We're going to do it progressively, there's not a fixed deadline. If he could start joining full training within the next two to two-and-a-half weeks that would be good."

"Nico has started his treatment protocol, and for the moment he's responding well. He's also an important player. I prefer to take my time to be certain not to lose him until the end of the season. We have quite a long season, we are really going to go carefully, because there'll be a lot of games at the end of the season and we'll really need him."


Nicolas Pepe: tendinitis (knee)

Youcef Atal: hamstring lesion


Marcin Bulka : dislocated shoulder